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TOTD 21 Jan 2002

It was my father's dream that one day the people of the world would be connected to one another through a network of blocky, refrigerator-size computers, much like those he was helping develop at IBM. He envisioned families of the future gathered around their mammoth terminals, ordering groceries and paying their taxes from the comfort of their own homes. A person could compose music, design a dog-house, and... something more, something even better. "A person could... he could..."

When predicting this utopia, he would eventually reach a point where words failed him. His eyes would widen and sparkle at the thought of this indescribable something more. "I mean, my God," he'd say, "just think about it."

My sisters and I preferred not to. I didn't know about them, but I was hoping the people of the world might be united by something more interesting, like drugs or an armed struggle against the undead. Unfortunately, my father's team won, so computers it is. My only regret is that this had to happen during my lifetime.

-David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day

The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life.

-Andrew Brown


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Jan. 22nd, 2002 03:23 pm (UTC)
You might be interested in Scott McCloud's musings on the Internet and it's possibilities in Reinventing Comics. I think we are still looking at primitive technology compared to what will surround us 50 years from now. I don't think "it" has really happened in our lifetime yet. We just need to get around the big grey box.
Jan. 22nd, 2002 09:25 pm (UTC)
Scott McCloud
Hi Kit,

It was Re-inventing Comics that prompted me to put aside the print comics I was doing and start on my current web-comix project. I've even "appropriated" images from McCloud's books for use in my own comics. Given his approach, he can hardly complain.

And, yeah, I agree, the digital tools of tomorrow will make my desktop PC look as ungainly as the refrigerator-size machines David Sedaris's father designed for IBM way back in the day.

Take care.

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