Digital Culture and Life Online

Creating and Discovering Community in the Digital World – for IBM

April 4, 1997

Creating and Discovering Community in the Digital World by Richard Thieme We think of artifacts as physical constructs, but the symbolic artifacts that constitute our individual and collective mental maps of the world are no less substantial. Our belief systems are built of those symbolic artifacts; often unaware of their presence, we inhabit a complex […]

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Red Rover, Red Rover

February 12, 1997

Red Rover, Red Rover published in Internet Underground, February-Match 1997 “whoever you are wherever you are it is time to go into the world, leaving your comfortable room, your home, every corner of which you know — your home is the last way-station before eternity.” Rainer-Maria Rilke When Americans landed on the moon, the earth […]

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One Family, One Planet

November 29, 1996

One Family, One Planet Richard Thieme Published by Gateway Computer in the Gateway Magazine, Winter 1996 Our Island Earth The first photos from space of our planet – a fragile blue-and-white oasis in the desert of our solar system – changed what we meant by “one world” forever. Our experience of the Internet is doing […]

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Stalking the UFO Meme. or, How to Build a UFO … Story

November 1, 1996

Stalking the UFO Meme by Richard Thieme published as  “How to Build a UFO … Story”  in Internet Undergr0und. November 1996 (Vol 1, Issue 12) “There is Thingumbob shouting!” the Bellman said. “He is shouting like mad, only hark! He is waving his hands, he is waggling his head, He has certainly found a Snark!” […]

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Digital Disinformation

September 1, 1996

Digital Disinformation Richard Thieme What is Truth? Better yet, what is Truth on the Internet? The Internet is a torrent of images and words, sound and text. How much of that information flowing into our lives, overwhelming our brains, and taxing our capacity to make sense of it all is true? And how do we […]

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Bridging the Chasm

June 1, 1996

Bridging the Chasm published in Internet Today in the U. K. in 1997 What in the world is happening? Everywhere I go as a consultant – businesses, schools, city government, even the FBI – I hear the same concerns. Here’s how it came in one morning on the telephone. “We need you to come talk […]

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April 22, 1996

From dashboards to backpacks, GPS technology is everywhere. Maps updated with streams of data guide us through traffic jams. Hikers navigate mazes of trails with ease. Efficiency and security. That’s how GPS is sold. But something important is being lost — the ability to get lost. It isn’t just physical. Lost-and-found symbols have long given […]

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In Search of the Grail

May 18, 1995

In Search of the Grail Originally published in Wired For Moses, it was a burning bush. For Buddha, it happened under the bo tree. For me, it was playing a game of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy with my son. As we threaded our way past babel fish and Vogon poetry readings, I discovered that […]

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The Future of Networks … in 1994

April 4, 1994

The Future of Networks: the Future of the World published in LAN Magazine (Australia) (Spring, 1994) I am not a futurist, but I do take solace in knowing that most futurists aren’t either. Futurists seldom describe the future; they describe the present. Since ninety-five per cent of us haven’t arrived at the present yet, it […]

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