It is a known matter that historical events, such as the French Revolution, can be portrayed as both comedy, tragedy and horror – and that the repetitions of history seem ironically to play across the same register. But what is the right genre to tell the story of the internet revolution? National Geographics web series Valley of the Boom seems to prefer a mix of farce and comedy, where a possible tragedy belongs to later chapters. The theme is the start of the dotcom crisis, when a strange new technology called the "Internet" revitalized American pioneer mythology.
The series follows three companies that were ahead of their time – The Globe.com, which was Facebook ten years before the time, Netscape, which focused on the browser market ten years before Google, and finally Pixelon, which was not only ten years ahead of YouTube, but which also preceded the technology it needed. . .
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