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<nettime> dumb internet; smart internet; dead internet...
Amy Alexander on Sat, 4 Aug 2001 18:05:40 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> dumb internet; smart internet; dead internet...

similar in gist to the LA times article i mentioned here last week, is
this article from economy.com's "The Dismal Scientist." the article is
titled, "The Death of the Internet as We Know It."


the article discusses the internet's status as a "dumb network" with
"smart terminals" (i.e. the internet has no centralized control) and takes
the arguable position that this is why companies aren't able to make money
from it. it then discusses how Microsoft's new .NET system is poised to
place centralized control (by microsoft) within the network - potentially
making Microsoft to the internet what pre-breakup AT&T was to the telecom
network (and potentially putting the nails in the coffin of the current,
unprofitable, "dumb"/"open" internet.)

slashdot discussion of the article is here:
(slashdot newbies may want to set preferences to "highest scores first.")

Recontextualizing script-kiddyism as net-art for over 1/20 of a century.

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