Potholes on the Infobahn
: Hazardous conditions ahead?
We're driving station wagons on the Infobahn
, not Volvo 850Rs.
The Authors Guild's justified concern with the protection of authorial electronic rights down the Infobahn
is more commercial than aesthetic, a concern more about copyright than about readership.
Once all that Infobahn
traffic has sped away, CD-ROMs will still be there as monuments of scientific achievement and, along with printed paper, will represent an excellent form of distributed permanent records.
Call it the Infobahn
, the Internet or the World Wide Web, mortgage originations by totally electronic means are just over the horizon.
Goodbye Broadway, Mitchell trills in City of Bits: Space, Place, and the Infobahn
[see Andrew Leonard, "Blueprint for 'Cyberkhooey,'" October 23, 1995].
Ever since somebody ran a big old Zamboni down the infobahn
, everything equals everything else, and all the magazine lists sound the same.
Vice President Gore talks about the "Infobahn
," TV ads refer to "cyberspace," movies involve "the net," the neighborhood veterinarian has a "Web page" and even the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation can be reached via the "I-way." * Don't be misled by the frivolous stories highlighting the lighter side -- and sometimes the seamier side -- of cyberspace.
Surely you've heard of it - the so-called "information superhighway" or "infobahn
" boasts more than 30 million users worldwide, and that number continues to rise every day.
For this reason, the Administration has made the promotion of the National Information Infrastructure (NII) - also known as the Information Superhighway, cyberspace, the I-way, the Net, and the infobahn
- a top priority.
The Internet is the much touted "information superhighway," "infobahn
," or "cyberspace." These are the buzzwords, from local barbershops, to trendy restaurants, to television programs and countless magazine articles.
As a result, all of these industries feel compelled to test-drive the infobahn
for defensive reasons, even though there is no clear indication of how, or even if, on line works as a marketing medium.