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Diaries from the wild youth of the internet

A Very Public Offering. The Story of theglobel.com and the First Internet Revolution / Valley of the Boom
Regissør: Matthew Carnahan
( USA)

DOTCOM: The first internet revolution is a wild chapter with a strange mix of comedy and disaster. An inside perspective and the wisdom of the future help us to ask again if everything could have gone differently.

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.

Weird pioneers

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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Anders Dunker
Philosopher. Regular literary critic in Ny Tid. Translator.

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