A “last hurrah” for The Victorian Internet

Any Economist readers who have read my book The Victorian Internet may have found the tone and content of the August 19th cover leader somewhat familiar. Using material from the book and elsewhere, I had a go at suggestions that the rise of the Internet will lead to world peace, less pollution, and reduced inequality. Last time I wrote an article for The Economist that drew heavily on my book I got letters accused me of plagiarising everything from a book by Tom Standage called The Victorian Internet. I await a similar deluge this time, and I will then admit that yes, I stole it all. From myself. Anyhow, putting the ideas in the book into a broader context seemed like a good way to draw the past two years since its publication to a close.

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