Wired UK

Issue 1.01 - May 1995

"The medium, or process, of our time - electric technology - is reshaping and restructuring patterns of social interdependence and every aspect of our personal life. It is forcing us to reconsider and re-evaluate practically every thought, every action, and ever institution formerly taken for granted. Everything is changing... you, your family, your education, your neighbourhood, your government, your job, your relation to "the others". And they're changing dramatically."
-Marshall McLuhan


The Age of Paine

Paine in the '90s

His "Rights of Man" was a clarion call for universal democracy. His "Common Sense" inspired Americans to independence. He died 186 years ago. So why should Thomas Paine be the patron saint of the age of information? Jon Katz on an old hero for a new era

Agents of Change

Pattie Maes believes software agents are ready for primetime. By Scott Berkun

Culture War

François Mitterrand had declared war on Mickey, Madonna and American culture. Bad news François, Mickey's winning. John Andrews reports from the front

What's It Mean to be Human Anyway?

Alan Turing reckoned that if a computer could talk like a human being it deserved to be called intelligent. Charles Platt reports on a competition to determine the most human computer, even as he worries that he may be the least human human.

Billion Year Brain

James Lovelock, the father of Gaia, has seen the planet's past - and its future. By Robert Leedham

Viacom Doesn't Suck!

How Viacom is leveraging its brand strength to create the first 21st century (new) media company. John Battelle reports




Common Sense

Liberation Technology and the future of democracy


Crash Course

By Sadie Plant

Anime Nations

By Andrew Leonard

Digital City

By Peter Hinssen

Reward Systems

By Rogier van Bakel

Douglas Adams

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