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.