nettime's short-term memory on Fri, 13 Jul 2001 23:34:31 +0200 (CEST)

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   Re: <nettime> Have We Not Learned Anything From the 90s? OR, "abort, retry, fail
     Brad DeLong <delong@econ.Berkeley.EDU>                                          

   AW: <nettime> Have We Not Learned Anything From the 90s? OR, "abort, retry, fail
     "ritchie" <>                                                


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From: Brad DeLong <delong@econ.Berkeley.EDU>
Subject: Re: <nettime> Have We Not Learned Anything From the 90s? OR, "abort, retry, fail; the end of the cyber ethic"

>  hello all,
>    It surprises me to see so many still cleaving to
>the idea that the internet will somehow democratize
>society and lead us to some kind of mythic utopia in
>the near future.  It seems to me that this experiment
>has been carried out to its fullest extent in the past
>10+ years, resulting in a resounding "NO DICE"( to use
>the endemic NY expression ).
>    I find it dissapointing to the point of absurdity
>that people are still getting jazzed about things such
>as faster bandwidth( why should i spend thousands of
>dollars so I can watch TV on my computer?! ).  As if I
>wanted to spend 30$/month for a high speed connection
>so I can recieve 20X the number of ad banners I
>normally recieve( or i could revel in pornographic
>gluttony ).  Does anyone out there besides me find
>themselves spend frustrating hours in front of the net
>desperately searching for something interesting?

Nope. Not me. There is always something new and interesting on the 
net--and there is always something old and interesting that I should 
have read that is suddenly internet-accessible...

Brad DeLong

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are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly 
understood. Indeed, the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, 
who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual 
influences, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. Madmen 
in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy 
from some academic scribbler of a few years back..."

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Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2001 17:36:12 +0200
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Subject: AW: <nettime> Have We Not Learned Anything From the 90s? OR, "abort, retry, fail; the end of the cyber ethic"

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dear nettimers,

I think many share Josh's feelings in a way -
most of us have been closely watching the net
growing (up) - and now one inevitably experiences
phenomena of commerzialization and, going hand
in hand with that, the replacement of euphoria
by depression.

has yet another faithful toy been spoiled?
I think not. At least not completely. En
passant the whole p2p disturbance has risen
consiense of a kind that might influence
cultural evolution in a - well, let's say it -
positive way. texts and contexts are widly
available. that's not too bad I guess.
the real killer applications did so far not
require the most bandwith, nor do we
have more democracy, but at least more
infotainment at our fingertips.

and one more linernote: I strongly believe
that ideas and concepts have to be rephrased
constantly with they hope that they hold
this time. it ain't that static.

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