14 of 31 people found the following review helpful
A wasted opportunity,
By A Customer
This review is from: A Brief History of the Future: Origins of the Internet (Paperback)This could have been a wonderful book. The author obviously knows his stuff and who has a passion for the internet. Sadly he has chosen to devote hundreds of pages to the tedious details of which university lab did what, whose computers connected to where, and how many lines of code exist in some browser or other.
Starting with a warming account of his childhood experience of the wireless, John Naughton could have gone on to tell us how this led him on to the net and what it's doing for society, or even just for himself. He denies us access to any thoughts he might have on the future. He analyses in great detail the technicalites and politics, but (admittedly not for want of trying) does not suceed in relating it to our lives.
A sadly dull waste of an opportunity: all the disadvantages of an academic study, with none of the advantages of a personal account by an entusiast.
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