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Author Smith, Andrew, 1961- author.

Title Totally wired : the rise and fall of Josh Harris and the great dotcom swindle / Andrew Smith.

Publication Info. New York : Black Cat, 2019.
©2012

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Edition First Grove Atlantic paperback edition.
Description xiv, 384 pages ; 21 cm
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Note First published in Great Britain in 2012 by Simon & Schuster UK Ltd, A CBS Company.
Bibliography Includes bibliographic references (pages 367-374) and index.
Contents Book I. Bikers and drag queens -- Book II. The wired piper -- Book III. Heist.
Summary "One morning in February 2001, internet entrepreneur Josh Harris woke to certain knowledge that he was about to lose everything. The man Time magazine called 'The Warhol of the Web' was now reduced to the role of helpless spectator as his personal fortune dwindled from 85 million dollars, to 50 million, to nothing, all in the space of a week. Harris had been New York's first net millionaire, a maverick genius so preternaturally adapted to the fluid virtualities of the new online world that he saw it with a clarity almost no one else did. He founded the city's first dotcom, Pseudo.com, and paved the way for a cadre of net-savvy twentysomethings to follow, riding a wave of tech euphoria to unimagined wealth and fame for five years, before losing it all in the great dotcom crash of 2000, in which Web 1.0 was wiped from the face of the earth. Long before then, however, Harris's view of where the web would take us had darkened, and he began a series of lurid social experiments aimed at illustrating his worst fear: that the internet would soon alter the very fabric of society -- cognitive, social, political, and otherwise. In Totally Wired, award-winning author and journalist Andrew Smith seeks to unravel the opaque and mysterious episodes of the twentieth century dotcom craze, in which the seeds of our current reality were sown. Drawing on in-depth interviews with Harris and the former pioneers who worked alongside him in downtown Manhattan's 'Silicon Alley,' the narrative moves from a compound in the wild south of Ethiopia, through New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, London and Salt Lake City, Utah; from the dawn of the web to the present, taking in the rise of retro-truth, troll society, the unexpected origins of the net itself, as our world has grown uncannily to resemble the one Harris predicted -- and had urged us to evade"--Back cover.
Subject Harris, Josh (Joshua M.) -- Career in electronic commerce.
Electronic commerce -- History -- 20th century.
Internet industry -- United States -- History.
Internet -- Economic aspects.
ISBN 9780802129345 (paperback)
080212934X (paperback)

 
    
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