Just call me Janus, since I’m two-faced

This month I had a piece in Technology Review drawing an analogy between Marconi’s early spark-gap radios and modern ultrawideband devices. Glenn Fleishman picked up on it on his blog, and coined a novel term for my habit of hyperlinking past and present: “Janus writing, in which the developments of the present are recontextualised in terms of their origins in the past.” Which seems appropriate, particularly since this month is named after Janus: it’s the month when we look both backwards and forwards in time.


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