Historical, Nostalgia, Technology, World of Tomorrow

The Internet: A Warning From History

For the amateur psychoanalysts out there, I suppose you might have noticed that two of the first three Friday videos I’ve posted feature dark post-apocalyptic futures. This probably gives some insight into the “sky is falling” pessimism that seems to run deep in publishers. There’s a great old joke that after the Bible, the second book to come off the Gutenberg printing press was about the decline of the publishing industry.

So with that in mind, enjoy this bit of dark humor, the residents of 2068 looking back at The Internet, one of the greatest disasters to befall mankind.

About David Crotty

I am a Senior Editor with Oxford University Press' journal publishing program. Prior to that I served as an Executive Editor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, and was also the commissioning editor for their book publishing program. Many years ago, I was a research scientist, receiving my Ph.D. in Genetics & Development from Columbia University, and doing postdoctoral research in neural development at Caltech.


3 thoughts on “The Internet: A Warning From History

  1. …”in something called the Daily Mail Online an actress from Emmerdale snagged her bikini on an immigrant”….

    Probably meaningless to those outside the UK, but just beautiful, priceless, pithy satire.

    Posted by martin | Jun 28, 2013, 6:43 am
  2. “To this day I have no idea who Kim Kardashian is.” Lol, as we say on the Internet. Note the reference to cutting the power cords at the “national grid center,” as though there were one.

    Posted by Joseph Esposito | Jun 28, 2013, 6:49 am


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