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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 the Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press. I oversee journal policy and contribute to strategy across OUP’s journals program, drive technological innovation, serve as an information officer, and manage a suite of research society-owned journals. I was previously an Executive Editor with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, creating and editing new science books and journals, and was the Editor in Chief for Cold Spring Harbor Protocols. I received my Ph.D. in Genetics from Columbia University and did developmental neuroscience research at Caltech before moving from the bench to publishing. I have been elected to the STM Association Board and serve on the interim Board of Directors for CHOR Inc., a not-for-profit public-private partnership to increase public access to research.


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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