Kevin Kelly, editor ofÂ Wired, found an old file containing a selection of quotes from the first five years of Wired. This is a nice wander down memory lane, with Wired’s trademark embracing of technology in the face of huge change quite evident (as well as some mid-90s prophesying, positivism, and–dare I say it–fear-mongering).
Some of my favourites:
Roadkill on the information highway will be the billions who will forget there are offramps to destinations other than Hollywood, Las Vegas, the local bingo parlor, or shiny beads from a shopping network.
Alan Kay, Wired 2.05, May 1994, p. 77
The very distinction between original and copy becomes meaningless in a digital world – there the work exists only as a copy.
Daniel Pierehbech, Wired 2.12, Dec 1994, p. 158
For a long time now, America has seemed like a country where most people watch television most of the time. But only recently are we beginning to notice that it is also a country where television watches us.
Phil Petton, Wired 3.01, Jan 1995, p. 126
The future won’t be 500 channels – it will be one channel, your channel.
Scott Sassa, Wired 3.03, Mar 1995, p. 113
Isn’t it odd how parents grieve if their child spends six hours a day on the Net but delight if those same hours are spent reading books?
Nicholas Negroponte, Wired 3.09, Sep 1995, p. 206
The most successful innovators are the creative imitators, the Number Two.
Peter Drucker, Wired 4.08, Aug 1996, p. 118
It is the arrogance of every age to believe that yesterday was calm.
Tom Peters, Wired 5.12, Dec 1997