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Perhaps he was reading the netroots
The estimable Tory Fodder commends this funny little Dilbert cartoon, which makes an awfully good point. But it also provoked some memories. Computer nerds my age and older are often wistful for the early days of the Internet. When you’d find a nice corner of ExecBBS or Compuserve—or perhaps venture out onto the world wide web at large—and end up discussing technology, politics, and everything else with other users who, it invariably turned out, were incredibly intelligent and articulate.
Shuffle into a chat room, ask someone how to resolve the IRQ conflict with your SoundBlaster 16, and they’d tell you precisely how to reposition the DIP swiches. Duck into a bulletin board and ask for informed recommendations on a good recording of Mahler 9, and that’s what you’ll get. Bliss!
I am an ardent believer in the inherent intelligence of societies and the ability of intelligence to grow and expand as societies discover better ways to network. The Internet virtually requires honest observers to admit these things. But is it possible that the Internet—mankind’s best example yet of controlled chaos—has lasted so long because for all of its formative years, it was the exclusive demesne of technology elites, who forged the mores which endure even today—who coaxed from the chaos some sense?
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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