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Snail-mail on the superhighway

Dear John,

It was good to meet you at the Prospect launch party. I thought it might be worth trying to disentangle some of our differences on how the superhighway and the wider upheaval in communications could change our lives. Sorry not to be able to do so by e-mail-you will no doubt find me rather old-fashioned in other ways too.

It seems clear to me that Nicholas Negroponte and other ideologues of the superhighway have grossly idealised the new technologies. They argue that the information revolution will allow knowledge, work and learning to be…

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