Deeper by John Seabrook
My Two-Year Odyssey in Cyberspace

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In Deeper, John Seabrook, a staff writer for the New Yorker, takes us along his personal journey down the information highway. In the beginning of this pioneering adventure into cyberspace, our hero (seabrook) is a clueless newbie. He ends up an old hand, complete with arrow wounds to show off. When Seabrook is not narrating his own on-line adventures, he is writing an eyewitness history of a tumultuous period in the early history of a new medium, when the Net moved decisively from a geeky hobby to a part of mainstream popular culture. We meet major figures in the computer industry, catch the utopian feeling, get flamed, get laid, soar over the Net like Satan soaring over the Earth in Paradise Lost, join a virtual community and find out what daily life is like, lose the utopian feeling, adapt to the World Wide Web, and build a Web site.

About John Seabrook

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Seabrook's articles appear regularly in The New Yorker.
Published February 12, 1997 by Simon & Schuster. 288 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Travel, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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We see Seabrook experimenting with cybersex (with his wife hovering over his shoulder), putting up a home page on the World Wide Web, and suffering professional criticism by other writers on the WELL, an online service heavily populated by journalists.

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His discussion of ""point-and-click thinking,"" for example, reveals the obvious: that the Web is not a linear medium, that surfing it via a mouse is more ""mindful than watching MTV."" Deeper, or at least fresher, ideas--e.g., that surfing the hyperlinked Web may induce paradigmatic addictive be...

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And although the technology and the virtual communities of the cyberworld could inspire, as he puts it, "that special lightness of hope and possibility" that he associated with a cultural revolution, Seabrook eventually became disillusioned by the burgeoning commercialism, the often-brutal online...

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From "Johnny Lonesome Come to Town," first published in 1956, to "The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes," originally written for a family member's B&B off Baker street, to "Sir Milk-and-Blood," a new tale of Elric the Eternal Champion, each story not only glorifies a keen sense of duty and re...

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