Wired: A Romance

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Random House, 2003 - Business & Economics - 282 pages
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"The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" for our own age, the story of a dreamer who turned American media upside down--and suffered the consequences

Louis Rossetto had no money, no home, no job. Five years later he owned the hottest magazine in America and was poised to become an international tycoon, with America's most powerful financiers by his side.
Rossetto was the founder and editor of" Wired," whose hyperactive Day-Glo pages proclaimed that every American institution was obsolete. Instantly, "Wired," was everywhere--on television, passed around the halls of Congress, displayed in the office of the president of the United States. "Wired, "'s headquarters in San Francisco became a pilgrimage site for everybody who wanted to be at the white-hot center of the digital revolution. Not since the early days of Jann Wenner and" Rolling Stone" had anybody so brilliantly channeled the enthusiasms of his era.
But this was only the beginning. Wired cast an uncanny spell, creating a feedback loop that grew stunningly out of control. "Wired, "'s online site, HotWired, designed and sold the first banner advertisements for the World Wide Web, unleashing a commercial frenzy. "Wired," reached for empire, with a book-publishing company, a broadcast division, and foreign editions all over the globe. But as the market's enthusiasm outstripped the limits of reason, Rossetto faced a battle over the fate of Wired that would prove the ultimate test of his radical ideas.
Gary Wolf, one of "Wired, "'s most popular writers, takes no prisoners in this insider's account, telling a story that is alternately thrilling, hilarious, heartbreaking, and absurd. Now that bumper stickers read-ing pleasegod-just one more bubble have been sighted on the highways of California, "Wired--A Romance" goes beyond the dot.com cliches and paints a deeply affecting portrait of the boom.

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User Review  - plasticspam - LibraryThing

Gary Wolf's book Wired : A Romance provides an interesting outlook on the birth of wired. Gary Wolf, as a previous writer with the magazine, he provides an insightful look in how American journalist ... Read full review

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User Review  - Scot - Goodreads

The story of the man who founded Wired, his vision of the future, and how he lost control of the business he created and got rich and miserable in the process. Also provides some interesting behind-the-scenes look of the early days of the web. Read full review

Contents

From Nowhere
3
The Blessing
15
Pilgrims
25
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

Gary Wolf is a regular contributor to Wired and other magazines. He is the coauthor, with Joey Anuff, of Dumb Money. He lives in San Francisco.

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