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January 21, 2005

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NYT.com Nostalgia

This one’s for Robin.

The New York Times: Five Years on the Web. From January 20, 2001. Including a chat with Martin Nisenholtz and Bernard Gwertzmann (assorted NYT.com gurus), a super-fug Flash movie showing the history of the site, and a 1991 article announcing that “the development of a nationwide data network will allow personal computer users to tap sources as large as the Library of Congress or receive their own personalized electronic newspapers.”

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Posted January 21, 2005 at 12:13 | Comments (1) | Permasnark
File under: Media Galaxy

Comments

I don't know why I'm appreciating writerly quirks over content lately, but check out John Markoff's ability to self-reference.

1993:
_A Free and Simple Computer Link_
San Francisco, Dec. 7.
"Think of it as a map to the buried treasures of the Information Age."

2000:
_A Fast-Changing Genie Alters the World_
"At the outset, it was a free and simple map to the buried treasures of the information age."

Also note the smooth blend of headline and text.

Another thing: I briefly noted this in the "Technologies of Knowledge" posts on my blog, but it's astonishing how often card catalogs comes up in early discussions of the internet. To what extent has e-commerce been a long, lucrative detour to the kind of information retrieval potential (plus money and power of course) that the internet holds -- something we're only really beginning to tap now?

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