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Welcome to Year 50 of the Information Age

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Brandon Gaither
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Year 50 of the information age, when nearly every human (and an increasing number of otherwise inanimate objects) live, willingly or not, simultaneously, in physical space—IRL—and a digital one.

Anniversaries are a crummy peg, and I’m particularly ambivalent about this one because the internet’s birthday was one of the first biggish stories I covered as a reporter, so it marks not only the internet’s decrepitude but also my own.

Happy 25th anniversary to this 25th anniversary story, written with the great Barbara Kantrowitz (though she’s not bylined here).

I can’t find my notes now, frustratingly, because at the time Newsweek still worked on ATEX, green-screened terminals that functioned as CMS, word processing, and interoffice messaging machines.

Imagine Slack, gmail, Google Docs, and Wordpress in one interface, controlled by a chunky mechanical keyboard.

I sometimes still think of editors’ notes as “mode 6,” because that was the hidden-text comment option.

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