Independent thinkers

A selection of Salon Technology articles highlighting unconventional minds.

By Salon Staff
Published November 3, 1999 11:00AM (EST)

Big Brother is reading your e-mail
By Maura Kelly

Personal computers were supposed to liberate the workplace. So why do so many companies use them to spy on workers?

See spot run
By Scott Rosenberg

Internet firms throwing big money at TV ad campaigns are making an elementary goof.

Singing the MP3 blues
By Emily Vander Veer

Indie musicians find online music distributors every bit as greedy as the recording industry they aim to replace.

Code critic
By Rachel Chalmers

John Lions wrote the first, and perhaps only, literary criticism of
Unix, sparking one of open source's first legal battles.


The Internet illusion
By Thomas Scoville

The Web pretends to broaden our worldview, but really, says "The Control Revolution," we use it to segregate ourselves.

Cannibal games By David Wilson

William Latham explains why players get to eat their enemies in his new game, Evolva.

The Hollywoodization of venture capital By Mark Gimein
The business of funding tech companies has gone gaga for brand names and boffo deals. "Visionaries," though, may be out of luck.

Is technology unplugging our minds? By Janelle Brown
We may be able to multitask our way through life -- but at what cost to our humanity? Three new books examine the world technology begat.

Can Robert Johnson bring more blacks online? By Raymond Rawlinson
Black Entertainment Television's founder is launching a $35 million African-American portal site. Will it help mend the digital divide?

Pat McGovern's "Technology Publishing for Dummies" By Chris Sandlund
How did IDG's chairman build a $2.35 billion business?

The art of Don E. Knuth By Mark Wallace
Computing's philosopher king argues for elegance in programming -- and a Pulitzer Prize for the best written.

It's not the end of the "Millennium," after all By Howard Wen
The TV series may have been canceled by Fox, but fans are producing a new season online.

Open-source fiction? By Thomas Claburn
An online writers workshop aims to expose the guts of works in progress to the Internet's hive mind.

How to empower a couch potato By Mark Gimein
ReplayTV really revolutionize television watching? Well, it can do neat stuff like rewind live broadcasts.

Micropublishing comes of age By Mark Gimein offers writers the chance to self-publish -- and take home 50-percent royalties.

Here comes the Media Mobile By Janelle Brown
An old school bus outfitted with iMacs, wireless Net access, even a video studio, hits the road to teach kids about the media.

Fast track By Mark Gimein
Elon Musk is poised to become Silicon Valley's Next Big Thing. What put him in the driver's seat?

Artists do the rights thing By Janelle Brown
The Web gives bands like the Beastie Boys a place to market music and merchandise -- but only if they can hold onto their digital rights.

Software that writes software By Alexis Willihnganz
Genetic programming is the new frontier: A human creates the environment, and a computer hacks the code.

Short attention span theater By John Geirland
Is the Web the perfect place for short films? Cheaper and easier than a trip to the cinema, it may spawn a rebirth of the 10-minute talkie.

What will it take to survive the Web's evolution? By Janelle Brown
In "Digital Darwinism," Evan Schwarz predicts which online business models will prove the fittest.

Is the Internet the new heaven? By Gavin McNett
"The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace" examines the spiritual realm of non-physical space -- and finds that Giotto painted VR frescoes.

Space noise By Frank Houston
Astronomers listening for distant stars and extraterrestrials are getting an earful of satellite buzz. What happened to heavenly quiet time?

Can history survive Silicon Valley? By Andrew Leonard
Stanford University archivists struggle to preserve the past of a place that cares only for the future.

I was a Jar Jar jackass By Steve Wilson
How a "Star Wars" fan took aim at a despised Gungan and discovered the power of grass-roots Net campaigning.

No fear of an MP3 planet By Janelle Brown
As Public Enemy embraces new music technology and takes on the recording industry, it's also helping smash the Web's lily-white image.

Tracks of freedom By Jimmy Guterman

Why should open source be limited to computer programs? The same logic could unleash a world of creative, personalized music.

Mod love By Andrew Leonard

With their ears, their computers and a little code, "mod trackers" build their own worlds of sound.

Everyone's a DJ By Janelle Brown

Shoutcast and MP3 let a thousand Web radio stations bloom. There's only one problem: the law.


Vernor Vinge, online prophet By Andrew Leonard

The author whose science fiction classics predicted the Internet finds that reality is hard to keep up with.

Move over, Dr. Kevorkian By Mike Britten
The Growth House Web site points the way to a "Good Death."

Cloning the pooch By R.U. Sirius

A rich couple sets out to
copy a pet named Missy -- and chronicle the project online.


What does technology want? By R.U. Sirius
Kevin Kelly talks about his "New Rules for the New Economy" -- and why managing technology is like raising kids.

The father of Mario and Zelda By Moira Muldoon
Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto creates the world's most popular video games.

Thought-activated computing By Sam Witt and Sean Durkin
The brain/computer interface becomes real -- as a boon for the paralyzed.


The god of the information age is a trickster By R.U. Sirius
"TechGnosis" author Erik Davis talks about technology's habit of hoodwinking us.


Good times for Dilbert By Janelle Brown
Scott Adams, creator of the world's best-loved cartoon engineer, talks about Zippergate and the enduring stupidity of humankind.


Can technology be beautiful? By Scott Rosenberg
In his new book, David Gelernter argues not only that it can, but also that it must be so.

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