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Hard, Soft and Wet: Digital Generation Comes of Age Paperback – February 2, 1998

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Flamingo (February 2, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006548490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006548492
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 4.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,235,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Melanie is lucky enough to travel to Iceland, London, Prague and Sillicon Valley, meeting bedroom musicians, label runners, hackers and programmers to uncover the internet world as it stood in 1998, and fortunately she brings us along, recreating the wonder of each culture the amazing people and oddities of their lives, and showing us how their real-world landscape ties into their online world, and even picking up a few of the bumps and scrapes of internet-love along the way.

During all this Melanie is on a personal mission to get herself online and internet-savvy. I thought this would be awful and self indulgent but in fact it's quite endearing and reminiscent of most of our own experiences as we figured out how to make the net fit into our lives.

The net, and net relationships are slowly becoming commonplace in real life and fiction, it is becoming more and more acceptable to talk about net-friends as "real" ones, Melanies book is a forerunner in this area, where William Gibson's "Pattern Recognition" is one of the more recent examples of this.

If you're into cyberpunk, or hacking or just delving into the social history of computing this book is for you. Not a heavy read, it takes a journalistic and personal approach that is full of amazing revelations about our world and the internet, even the most net-savvy like me will find alot of interest here.
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