JON KRAUSE FOR THE CHRONICLE REVIEW
WHEN WE TRY to hold the Internet in a single thought, we reach for an image of exhilaration, of liberation, of flight: “the Information Superhighway”; “surfing the Web”; data zipping through candy-colored cables straight into our homes. This is the Internet as it, in theory, ought to be:
the world’s information and entertainment instantly accessible, and we
at our screens, poised, enthralled, and weightless.