Scott Rosenberg's Digital Culture Archive: 1995

0The Web's Next Dimension (Aug. 16, 1995)
While most people are still getting used to the idea of a worldwide network of linked text and pictures, Internet technology moves forward into the three-dimensional unknown with VRML.
0Wherever You Lay Your @ Is Your Home (Aug. 9, 1995)
Anatomy of e-mail addressing, and why old-fashioned print publications have such a hard time dealing with the new language and its symbols.

0"Star Trek" Gaming, Then and Now (Aug. 2, 1995)
Once we navigated the Enterprise via telety Enterprise via teletype; today's "Star Trek" games come to us on CD-ROM with 3-D animations and actors' recorded voices. Progress? Maybe.

0Empowerment, One Pixel at a Time (July 26, 1995)
At San Francisco's Digital Media Center, as part of the D*Lab Tapestry Project, students from all over the city are learning to make their own multimedia movies.

0A Cultural Time Capsule (July 19, 1995)
The new "Haight-Ashbury in the '60s" CD-ROM is neither reference work nor music guide nor psychedelic game; it's a sort of catch-all compendium of its era that lets you Be There Now.

0Ratings On the Web? (July 12, 1995)
Movie-style ratings for the World Wide Web are almost inevitable. What impact will they have on its freewheeling culture?

0Talking Back to Time (July 6, 1995)
When Time magazine printed a cover story on "Cyberporn," a group of on-line critics took apart the article -- and the study it was based on -- line by line.

0A Hacker Horror Flick (July 5, 1995)
Internet Society members watched in horror as Tsutomu Shimomura's film displayed the keystrokes of a busy hacker breaking into U.S. government computers. The Net still has plenty of holes, the experts warn, and the only remedy is vigilance.

0Net's Council of Elders Survey Their Revolution (July 2, 1995)
At the Internet Society conference in Honolulu, the business of the day was spreading the "Internet revolution" to those parts of the world not yet wired.

0What the Trade Magazines Still Won't Tell You (June 28, 1995)
If you want a multimedia computer that works, don't waste your time with a PC -- get a Macintosh.

0Getting New Music to Your Ears (June 21, 1995)
Two new CD-ROM magazines aimed at introducing new music and bands, Launch and Blender, mix ads and editorial content like a bad cocktail. There's better guides on the Web.

0"Vietnam" Photographers Have Their Say (June 14, 1995)
"Passage to Vietnam" CD-ROM adapts the New Journalism to a new medium.
0Also: An Interview With Rick Smolan

0Exotic Art Imitates Exotic Life (June 7, 1995)
Artificial life, digital evolution, and Internet-based art projects stole the show at the second annual Interactive Media Festival in Los Angeles.

0Don't Call Them Revolutionary (June 7, 1995)
Movie websites and "Enhanced CDs" can be fun. Mostly, though, they're instances of media conglomerates desperately trying to shovel their old wares through new channels. In other words, ads.

0Trapped in Prodigy Limbo (May 31, 1995)
The big on-line companies are supposed to be worth the cost because they offer good service. Sometimes, your neighborhood start-up Internet provider does a better job.

0How Much is That Info in the Window? (May 24, 1995)
Nintendo is mad about software copying. Other companies are learning how to make friends with free software distribution over the Net.

0The New Videogame Philosophers (May 17, 1995)
The industry is banking on a new generation of games that promise "suspension of disbelief." But is that what makes a great game -- and is it what gamers want?

0Laurie Anderson's Heartbreak "Motel" (May 10, 1995)
The performance artist's CD-ROM, "Puppet Motel," captures the soul of a blue machine.

0Taking the Internet's Temperature (May 3, 1995)
If he could see it today, would Marshall McLuhan categorize the Net as a "hot" or a "cold" medium?

0The Net After the Oklahoma Bombing (April 28, 1995)
Everyone's got questions. In the FAQ tradition, an attempt at some answers.

0Getting a Private Tour, Digitally (April 26, 1995)
A new carry-around CD-ROM guide from Antenna Theater transforms visits to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

0Why the Web Doesn't Need a Yellow Pages (April 19, 1995)
The best guide to the Web is itself -- that's the whole point of hypertext links, remember?

0A Global Family Portrait on CD-ROM (April 14, 1995)
"Material World" strives to present the big picture of family life around the globe, but it stints on background and context.

0Among the Tribes of the Net (April 12, 1995)
Author J.C. Herz's "Surfing on the Internet" is a young writer's lament for the lost youth of the net itself, as it evolves from a sort of "secret society" to a mass medium.

0The Battle for Multimedia's Soul (February, 1995)
At the tenth annual Intermedia conference, the lines were clearly drawn: on the one side, big corporations and their "interactive" divisions, struggling to figure out how to make money; on the other, small developers, hoping to bring their visions to life.

0Guerrilla Publishers Fan Out on the Net (January 27, 1995)
Who needs a printing press? Writers and editors are using the Internet to become self-publishers, bringing new points of view to the media stew.

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