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> My gripe with this Newsweek article is that I felt the entire
> description of the net was off--in just the way that your friend
> felt misrepresented. It sounded to me like bits and pieces of quotes
> were chosen to support some predetermined idea of what the Internet
> is like. And this idea doesn't resemble my impression of the net I
> have learned to know and love in the past 13 years.
I have noticed that about many--maybe MOST--mass market
articles about the net. I have 2 theories:
a. The reporters feel inadequate because they don't
understand--and therefore fear--what's going on "out there".
Hence the disparaging tone in some of the articles.
b. The reporters don't understand--and therefore can't
adequately explain--net interactions.
I have spent almost 10 years working on the net, starting
out as a rank amateur with barely any computer experience.
Today I make my living writing, teaching, and doing research
about computers (4 platforms so far, and counting), networks,
and the people who use them. I am just NOW starting
to get a feel for what's going on.
Reporters need to jump in and do it.
Karla Saari Kitalong kitalong -at- mtu -dot- edu
Department of Humanities
Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931