Re: Faking It: The Internet Revolution Has Nothing to Do With the Nasdaq

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Date: Tue Jul 17 2001 - 14:51:18 BST

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    What really pisses me off about the internet (well admittedly this has
    been overtaken by events a bit) is that William Gibson et al. more or
    less decided what we were going to get before it had even happened
    (because people were happy to grab his hand-packed metaphors and
    monikers); so now we'll never know what we would've had. Actually until
    I read that Nokia/kids thing I would've kept that argument to myself
    because I'm not sure that isn't the way these things usually happen

    As for internet gaming, I urge anyone with a half decent connection and
    graphics card to play (or at least watch) counterstrike, which is
    team-based terrorist/counter-terrorist us'n'them stuff with guns. It is
    a sociologists/psychologists dream - the group behaviours, the
    individual behaviours, learning - I'm not kidding it's a goldmine! The
    addiction for me comes from playing other real people, with all their
    quirks (partly because they are more fun to play against, but partly, as
    I say, from an ~ologists point of view - bi~ or at a push eth~ in my
    case). As for the darker side, I think it's more or less an extension of
    that 'electrocute the person in the next room that you can't see' class
    of behaviour. I like to think I'm more or less 'myself' though. An
    interesting one that you see on game site polls every now and then is
    'Which sex do you play as' (given a choice, as in Quake3). Can of worms

     Chris Taylor ( »people»chris

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