We have a remarkable board of advisors. The one whose opening line still makes me smile is Alex Soojung-Kim Pang. “We’ve obviously been living in parallel universes,” he said. He is Research Director at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto and wrote our cover story, “The End of Cyberspace,” for the new Berkshire Savant. He was managing editor at Encyclopaedia Britannica for a while, a job that Bill McNeill also recommended me for (from some of what Alex says, my lack of interest in moving to Chicago was a fortunate thing). We’ll be posting the digital version of the Savant later today, Friday EST, and in the meantime you can also check out his new blog (did I mention that Alex is Blogger in Chief?): www.endofcyberspace.com.
Some people don’t know cyberspace ever started. I have a (print) newsletter here from the newsletter association, dated January 2006, and it actually has a heading, “The Internet–Friend or Foe?” That’s the equivalent of asking whether the ocean is friend or foe. It really depends on what you’re doing. And it’s not going away. That’s where old-time publishers are vulnerable: they aren’t even thinking about riding the wave.