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                       Technology and Human Responsibility
    
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    Issue #75       Copyright 1998 Bridge Communications         July 30, 1998
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                Editor:  Stephen L. Talbott (stevet@netfuture.org)
    
                         On the Web: http://netfuture.org
         You may redistribute this newsletter for noncommercial purposes.
    
    
    CONTENTS:
    *** Editor's Note
    
    *** Quotes and Provocations
          Following up
          Is Genetic Engineering `Natural'?
          The Internet and Competition
          Multitasking Ourselves to Death
          Brief Notes
    
    Departments
    
    *** Correspondence
          Vaclav Havel and Computer Language (Charles Bell)
          Don't Malign Complexity (Alex Rice)
          Marilyn Monroe and Our Virtuality (Bryce Muir)
    
    *** Announcements and Resources
          An Environmental and Health Newsletter
    
    *** Who Said That?
    
    *** About this newsletter
    
    
    

    What Readers Are Saying about NETFUTURE

    I've spent many years trying to get a slow-moving, tradition-bound institution to appreciate some of the possibilities of technology in adult education, and as a result, my first reaction to NETFUTURE was one of mingled alarm and anger. These feelings changed as I read more of your work and began to appreciate the logic of your concerns. Since then I've come to regard NETFUTURE as a kind of ethical touchstone. It has helped me reflect on the consequences of the educational programs I create and also on the effects of technology on the quality of my own life.

    
    (For the identity of the speaker,
    see "Who Said That?" below.)
    


    *** Editor's Note

    Again this year I'll be taking August off. The next issue of NETFUTURE, due out after Labor Day, will include another installment of Langdon Winner's Tech Knowledge Revue.

    It's becoming fairly clear that, by about the turn of the year, I'll need to find financial support for NETFUTURE if the newsletter is to continue. Among the alternatives: (1) I could ask for voluntary donations, although I have no idea what level of income that would bring. (2) I could seek grant money from somewhere. (If you are a knowledgeable grant-seeker and might be interested in working with NETFUTURE, let me hear from you.) (3) The newsletter could affiliate with a compatible organization on mutually beneficial terms. (4) I could increase my speaking commitments, conceivably raising enough funds that way to underwrite the newsletter.

    That fourth option is already part of what makes NETFUTURE possible. If you are in a position to help arrange a speaking engagement, by all means get in touch. I'm also open to other ideas.

    Have a technology-redeeming summer!

    SLT

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