Totally Wired: The Wild Rise and Crazy Fall of the First Dotcom Dream

Totally Wired The Wild Rise and Crazy Fall of the First Dotcom Dream Four years in the making Totally Wired follows the spectacular rise and fall of Josh Harris New York s flamboyant first internet millionaire and founder of the world s first internet TV portal Pseu

  • Title: Totally Wired: The Wild Rise and Crazy Fall of the First Dotcom Dream
  • Author: AndrewSmith
  • ISBN: 9781847394613
  • Page: 105
  • Format: Paperback
  • Four years in the making, Totally Wired follows the spectacular rise and fall of Josh Harris, New York s flamboyant first internet millionaire and founder of the world s first internet TV portal, Pseudo, during the wild first phase of the Web and accompanying dotcom boom More broadly it tells the story of New York and the world s pre millennial, pre 911 last hurraFour years in the making, Totally Wired follows the spectacular rise and fall of Josh Harris, New York s flamboyant first internet millionaire and founder of the world s first internet TV portal, Pseudo, during the wild first phase of the Web and accompanying dotcom boom More broadly it tells the story of New York and the world s pre millennial, pre 911 last hurrah and our transition to the age of social media Moving from Gotham to San Francisco, Utah, London and Addis Ababa, the book also unravels one of the Twentieth Century s great mysteries namely, who killed Web 1.0 and the dotcoms The truth will shock even the steeliest cynics A brilliant exploration of madness and genius in the early days of the web The Guardian Dark and compelling The counter culture tremor from which the social media earthquake erupted Daily Mail One can imagine the elevator pitch that would sell this rumbunctious account of the Nineties dot bust to Hollywood The Social Network meets Hammer of the Gods via Warhol s Factory With Mark E Smith s The Fall clattering out beneath the titles I d go Wouldn t you The Independent Effervescent and vivid This is a book whose time has come The Sunday Times Fascinatinga slice of life never to be repeated.t incarnation of the internet of the 1990sppered with enjoyable anecdotes The Observer Essential and thrillinga vivid, engaging portrait of a gigantic, contradictory, infuriating character who helped create the presentA brilliant, funny, important book Frank Cottrell Boyce, writer 24 Hour Party People , Millions In his first book, Moondust, Smith interviewed the nine astronauts who had walked on the moon here he talks to the early internet pioneers to piece together another pivotal moment in human history The Financial Times The first great analysis of the internet era The National Telling the story of the rise of the internet and its all pervasive influence on our culture, what emerges is both utterly absorbing and highly entertaining The Oldie

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    1. 3.5 stars I m not quite sure what I thought about this book, A bit of background MOONDUST, Smith s first book about what the surviving Apollo moonwalkers are up to now or were up to then , is one of my favorite books ever It s probably in my Top 5 non fiction reads of all time And the origins of the internet and the dotcom boom and bust are a subject that fascinates me, and it s a subject about which I ve read and enjoyed many other books So I was primed to love this book, and I m quite disappoi [...]

    2. It s hard to recall when vast swathes of information and opinion and LOLcats weren t instantly accessible through the web, when you had to actually step outside to get the groceries, and content wasn t earnestly, endlessly discussed at every other meeting Yet the incredible reach of the internet is a recent phenomenon, and one that has changed our world.This book looks at the start of this phenomenon, and focuses on Josh Harris, one of the earliest internet pioneers, a brilliant but difficult ma [...]

    3. Whatever your knowledge of or interest in the early on line world and the press coverage that highlighted the huge financial gains and losses that the early pioneers enjoyed and suffered, read this book My perception of those times was primitive I had no idea of the creativity that existed albeit than a little weird , the pretty seedy material that was peddled on line and the lifestyles off line how many people were involved, and just how close what they were doing 15 years ago came to be what [...]

    4. I ran hot and cold with this book When the author adopts a journalistic style and recounts, say, the rise of the Internet or the bursting of the dot com bubble, it is excellent If I ever want a quick summary of the evolution of the Internet, I will read chapter five However, when he veers into near hagiography and idolisation of his main subject, Josh Harris, the book becomes both wearying and irritating Do you know who Josh Harris is, and will you want to know about him after reading this For [...]

    5. Moondust is one of my favourite reads of all time, so when I heard there was a new book out by Andrew Smith I bought it and it s just so nice to be in the company of this author again Without giving too much of the game away, Smith takes us on a journey that starts in London, then swerves abruptly to Ethiopia, then on to New York, then off to Utah anywhere that he can find JOSH It s a wild ride as he tries to track down one of the strangest characters our modern world has created Like I say, I d [...]

    6. Every generation or so a revolution happens which changes everything This book is a fascinating account of one of those times Between the late nineties and early noughties, a generation of highly creative and technologically gifted twenty somethings got hold of the potential of the Internet and set off the collective madness of the dot com bubble With the benefit of hindsight this book chronicles the chaos and madness of those years through the perspective of Josh Harris, one of its pioneers It [...]

    7. This is an interesting book and i could have given it anything from a 2star to 4 star rating The reason is the subject matter is almost glacial, like a modern building its almost all surface and no heart and so any book about that will struggle to find sympathy or empathy for such a subject It feels almost sci fi in that its a world that seems alien and indeed wrong and unimaginable and the story charts this world, which as i have no real frame of reference due to my living in West Yorkshire rat [...]

    8. Being a part of this era and living it fully, I was excited to get Totally Wired again I bought the kindle but needed the hardcover and have spent days on end reading in cafe settings, on the subway, on my roof, late in my bed and this book has taken me back to the roaring Silicon Nineties It goes beyond the names and places of the time in NYC and delves deeply into the fabric of the financial situation during the dotcom boom able to mix the parties we had, the art we made, the money we scored, [...]

    9. A fascinating, thrilling book about the birth of the internet, and its most intriguing pioneer, Josh Harris A generation of dot commers changed the world forever in the 90s, but most of them, Harris included, crashed as hard as the trailblazing companies they founded Essential reading for the cyber generation.

    10. Very well written but the subject matter is not something I would normally choose to read about Stocks shares are far over my head but enjoyed the parts about Josh Harris Also surprised how much the art scene was involved Andrew Smith s Moondust is a book I absolutely loved and would highly recommend you check that out too

    11. As someone who has been using the internet since 1997 I was fascinated to read this book and it did not disappoint A well narrated and written account of the background of the internet particularly from the late 90 s.

    12. A tale that had to be told, and a warning from recent history Follow the herd investments are never what they appear.

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