Sterling, Bruce. Islands in the Net
Every year of her life, Laura thought, the Net had been
growing more expansive and seamless. Computers did it.
Computers melted other machines, fusing them together.
Television-telephone-telex. Tape recorder-VCR-laser disk.
Broadcast tower linked to microwave dish linked to satellite.
Phone line, cable TV, fiber-optic cords hissing out words and
pictures in torrents of pure light. All netted together in a web
over the world, a global nervous system, an octopus of data.
There'd been plenty of hype about it. It was easy to make it
sound transcendently incredible.
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