Digerati - Chapter 33


Chapter 33


Richard Saul Wurman

THE SCOUT (Stewart Brand): There's a sharp designer and an able business mind behind all that persiflage.

Richard Saul Wurman is the chairman and creative director of the TED conferences. He is also an architect, a cartographer, the creator of the Access Travel Guide Series, and the author and designer of more than sixty books, including Information Architects (1996), Follow the Yellow Brick Road (1991) and Information Anxiety (1989).

Digerati - Chapter 32


Chapter 32


Dave Winer

THE STATESMAN (Steve Case): He's come out of nowhere to emerge as one of the poets of cyberspace. DaveNet is always quite engaging, and his ability, his willingness to open himself up to say whatever's on his mind is quite impressive.

Dave Winer is a software developer and the publisher of DaveNet.

Digerati - Chapter 31


Chapter 31


Sherry Turkle

THE PATTERN-RECOGNIZER (Esther Dyson): Sherry Turkle probably understands better than anyone how people transfer their emotions onto the Net: sometimes they go through the Net to other people, but sometimes they just stop at the Net and start having an emotional involvement with the Net itself. 

Sherry Turkle is a professor of the sociology of science at MIT. She is the author of Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet (1995); The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit (1984); and Psychoanalytic Politics: Jacques Lacan and Freud's French Revolution (1978).

Digerati - Chapter 30


Chapter 30


Lew Tucker

THE SEARCHER (Brewster Kahle): Lew Tucker is Javaman. I've watched as he handled thousands of companies as Java's third-party evangelist. If the intensity of "Internet time" is a test of character, Lew passed the test.

Lew Tucker, trained as a biologist, is the former director of Advanced Development at Thinking Machines Corporation and is the director of JavaSoft's Corporate and ISV Relations for Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Digerati - Chapter 29


Chapter 29


Linda Stone

THE SEER (David Bunnell): Linda is uniquely knowledgeable and plugged in, in a way that makes her one of the best friends you can have. 

Linda Stone is the Director of the Virtual Worlds Group in the Microsoft Advanced Technology and Research Division. She has spent more than ten years in high tech, working primarily in multimedia both at Apple Computer and at Microsoft.

Digerati - Chapter 28


Chapter 28


Cliff Stoll

THE SOFTWARE DEVELOPER (Bill Gates): There's certainly a need, as people get caught up in the excitement of all this stuff, to have someone who can take the opposing viewpoint and point out, in some cases, correctly, how, 'hey, it's still all fairly hard to use and still fairly expensive. Let's not use sight of what was good about the previous ways of doing things.' There's definitely a role there and I think he's done very well positioning himself for that devil's advocate-type role. Sometimes I think he underestimates how, over the next few years, the industry will do a very good job getting rid of some of the limitations he criticizes. His book, Cuckoo's Egg, was my favorite of his two books.

Cliff Stoll is an astrophysicist and the author of Silicon Snake Oil (1995) and The Cuckoo's Egg (1994).

Digerati - Chapter 27


Chapter 27


Bob Stein

THE ORACLE (Paul Saffo): Bob Stein is the professional maniac who is not afraid to go off and do something that seems absolutely absurd to everyone else who does not have his vision. People like Bob make things happen. He is the publisher born before his time, born before the printing presses were good enough to do the things he wanted to do.

Bob Stein is founder of the Voyager Company.

Digerati - Chapter 26


Chapter 26


Paul Saffo

THE SCOUT (Stewart Brand): Nobody in the business gives better quote than Saffo. Every journalist who calls him gets someone who is familiar with the news flash of the day and its deeper significance. Paul speaks with succinct eloquence.

Paul Saffo is director of the Institute for the Future, a twenty-nine-year-old research and forecasting foundation located in Menlo Park, California.

Digerati - Chapter 25


Chapter 25


Louis Rossetto

THE ORACLE (Paul Saffo): Louis popularized cyberspace. He took it out of the hands of an elite few and made it conceptually accessible to anyone who might want to participate.

Louis Rossetto is editor and publisher of Wired and HotWired, and cofounder and CEO of Wired Ventures, Inc. 

Digerati - Chapter 24


Chapter 24


Howard Rheingold

THE CYBERANALYST (Sherry Turkle): Howard Rheingold sees things that others simply hadn't noticed before. And he knows how to explain why they are important and why you need to pay attention to them.

Howard Rheingold is the author of Virtual Reality (1991), and The Virtual Community (1993), and was the editor of Whole Earth Review and the Millennium Whole Earth Catalog (1995). His weekly column, "Tomorrow," is syndicated by King Features. His new webzine, Electric Minds, can be found at 


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