Monday, June 20, 2016

Back to the future

What does revisiting early issues of Wired (published between 1993 and 1995) tell us? In an article for the New Yorker, Anna Wiener notes with amusement how quaint and dated some of the technology appears today but also acknowledges how prescient many of the articles and featured devices were. Most interestingly, she's drawn to reflecting wistfully on a period when "hippie idealism" was roughly still in balance with "monied techno-utopianism", rather than obliterated by it: "As much as my Wired archive is a document of its era's aspirations, it's also a record of what people once hoped technology would be - and, in hindsight, a record of what it might have become".

(Thanks to Terry for the link.)

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