NetFuture is "a largely undiscovered national treasure" (Peter J. Denning, New York Times, November 25, 1999).
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Kevin Kelly, founding editor of Wired magazine:
The best, most literate and intelligent critique of technology available. Talbott is honest, bright, and devoted to understanding the role of technology in our lives. He manages to host a conversation around his wonderful essays that actually moves issues forward. Most excellent and highly recommended.Eli Noam, director of the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, Columbia Business School:
I should let you know how impressed, informed, enlightened, and provoked I am by your newsletter.Langdon Winner, professor of political science in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and author of Autonomous Technology and The Whale and the Reactor:
How far we've come! Even publishing titan Henry Luce thought it crucial to preserve the boundary between "church" and "state", between the integrity of journalism and the profit-seeking wiles of advertising -- a line now routinely demolished by those who cover the wired world in today's print and electronic media. That's why the independence and lucidity of NetFuture are so wonderfully refreshing. Steve Talbott's newsletter is one of the few places on the Net where wisdom finds a voice.Dorothy Denning, professor of computer science, Georgetown University, and author of Cryptography and Data Security:
Just wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed reading your essays over the past many months. You have a deep and refreshing view of these complex issues, which are often treated so superficially. I've assigned several of your essays in my Networks and Society class. Your fan, (signed)Howard Rheingold, author of The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier:
"NetFuture is...an important critical voice in the age of hype" (Whole Earth, Spring, 2000).Steven Hodas, Vice President for Online Services at Princeton Review Publishing, and co-author of Class Action: How to Create Accountability, Excellence, and Innovation in American Schools:
For all us tin men and straw men, NetFuture is a reminder to keep our hearts and heads about us in the challenge of a hugely seductive catastrophe.Peter J. Kindlmann, Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at Yale University, and founder and president of Congruent Design, Inc.:
NetFuture is without doubt the most incisively reasoned critical voice about the role of computers in our lives.Todd M. La Porte, professor in the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands:
I'm a professional information technology analyst and academic, and I find NetFuture one of the more interesting resources in the field, primarily due to the author's willingness to go against the grain and raise important questions about the use of information technology and its implications for society.Bill McInerney, professor of educational administration in Purdue University's School of Education:
I use issues of NetFuture in a course I teach in our administrator preparation program. I think it is a terrific resource, and a great eye-opener for my students, who when they think of computers in schools tend to think uncritically. They are sure that they must get more kids in front of more computers. I spend a lot of time in the course getting them to think about why they would want to do that.Asaf Bartov, Israeli software engineer:
You may well consider my concern over a possibly lost issue of NetFuture a compliment to your skill in choosing topics and in expounding your views on them. In this age of information overflow on all fronts, not many people read texts over 5K that do not have graphics in them.Brad Cahoon, webmaster at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education, and editor of Adult Learning and the Internet:
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.Lowell Monke, technology educator and maintainer of the Confronting Technology reading list and resource center:
The Future Does Not Compute was one of those books whose end I was really sorry to reach. There was so much more I wanted to read about from this unique and stimulating perspective. NetFuture has filled that yearning. It provides the most consistently thoughtful, sober voice countering the hype of high technology that I have encountered. And there has been an additional benefit for me -- several of my high school computer technology students have taken to reading NetFuture and as a result their interests are beginning to move beyond merely discussing the latest, greatest gizmos on the market. It gives me hope.Michael Layden, Waldorf school administrator, Australia:
I have been reading NetFuture since #53, and wish to say how much I now look forward to each new edition. I have been for some years now working in the management of Waldorf schools in Australia, and find your publication both highly confirming of the attempts many of us in this field are making to find truly human ways of working, and extremely stimulating in the quality and carefulness of the published thinking.Lance McKee, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Open GIS Consortium:
I earn my living in the computer industry and I'm not sorry I do, but I recognize that technologies change our modes of perception and consciousness as well as social and economic context and behavior. I think these are the most critical issues of the next century. I am drawn to NetFuture by both my curiousity and my desire to make choices I won't regret.Earl Mardle, Co-ordinator, 2020 Communications Trust, supported by the Wellington (New Zealand) City Council:
What a breath of fresh air you are.
(From a reader:) "Thank you very much for your enlightening works! I spend much time reading and re-reading some issues of NetFuture and "The Future Does Not Compute", and it is for me something you might call 'a beginning of an awakening'. As a non-native English speaker, I know I most probably miss some of what you mean, still lots of subjects, which somehow were disturbing or questioning me, and for which I had only a glimpse of an answer, find in your works thoughtful explanations and in-depth argumentations which help me finding my own answers".
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(From a reader:) "Your NetFuture newsletter essays present such a sensible analysis of so much assumed to be unchanging truth. I thank you sincerely for them".
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(From a reader:) "Issue #142 is a real gem. Thanks for continuing to write important stuff".
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(From a reader:) "I have always appreciated those articles in which you sound the alarm, trash the latest tech fads, spar with Kevin Kelly, etc. But the articles of yours that I appreciate the most are the ones that provide ways to look beyond technology and those that explore real human potential. Those kinds of articles have introduced me to a lot of ideas and ways of thinking that I never would have encountered in the other magazines and books that I read".
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(From Georgetown University:) "The content of the NetFuture newsletter, in my humble opinion, is some of the best material being written on the issues facing our society as we move into the 'digital revolution'".
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(From the dean of a university School of Arts and Architecture:) "An excellent essay! Bravo".
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(From a reader:) "I subscribe to NetFuture and find that your essays on the role, position, and effects of technology on our culture give voice to many of the issues that disturb me. And, it is rare if an essay does not present at least one observation that had not occurred to me".
(From a reader:) "It's amazing, Stephen, how much more poetic and thrilling to read are critiques of technophilia than the advocacy pieces authored by technophiles. Why is this?"
(From University of Washington:) "I like Steve Talbott's clear-headed way of approaching things. The rare individual who can combine vision with creative talent has something particularly special, that good writing alone cannot possibly match...and vision alone only touches with rarity. Steve, I think, has that combination".
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