PART ONE – Life at an internet magazine
Loud music, fried sausages and chips, Lara Croft’s tits and an £8,000 pay cut.
From overnight media darling to obsolete sham.
PART TWO – Reactionaries and Visionaries
Overcome your dependence on omnipresent machines and stop worshipping the demi-gods of speed and convenience.
RU Sirius – Prankster and veteran San Franciscan cyberpunk explains the importance of guerrilla tactics on the Net.
Howard Rheingold – Renowned member of the “Digerati”, who extols the advantages of virtual communities, yet warns these could fracture traditional society and lead to another World War.
Robert Anton Wilson – science fiction and conspiracy author, futurist, standup comic, punk singer, ex-editor at Playboy and philosopher who engages in “Operation Mind Fuck” and is strict about semantic hygiene.
Peter Cochrane – Digital visionary who “lives 10 years in the future”, thinks we should insert silicon chips to enhance our “wetware” [brain] and update our skills to stay employable. “I no longer worry about dying, but I do worry about dying before my computer is proud of me.” [Update: was awarded an OBE in 1999 for his contribution to international communications, after this article was done.]
Max More – Extropian who manages a networking organisation that strives to “extend life, fine-tune psychology, move off-planet and develop artificial intelligence.” A signed-up member for cryonics.
Five interviewees – WWW genius Tim Berners-Lee, Demon’s Clifford Stanford [who went on to make 300m pounds, lose some of that, and got a suspended 6-mth jail sentence for reading another person’s emails], Firefox president John Kimberley, Grahame Davies of Easynet and Peter Dawe of Pipex.
PART THREE – Love, lust and loathing
A guide to online seduction with a touch of romance inspired by a Judith Krantz mini-series.
8 IRC love [Internet Relay Chat]
Love goes wrong for a young single bloke.
Confessions of Internet widows, and a Southern Belle ex-beauty queen contestant writes a lusty story of online love.
Cybersex expert Lisa Palac explains how to give an online blow job.
Bodyshop founder Anita Roddick [died 2007] struggles to overcome technophobia.
Feminist Dale Spender says women worry about becoming impersonal robotic tech-heads with “nothing but alt.binaries.sex for personal gratification”.
Meet the British men who create rude sites (girl-next-door types wearing M&S knickers are most popular); a search for women’s erotica (beware the “angle of the dangle”) and a guide to online masturbation.
Hackers declare war against pedophiles, who fight back and claim they have the right to “freedom of sexual expression”. With your kids. And then discard them when they’re too old.
PART FOUR – Bad influences and wicked behaviour
Unsolicited messages from around the world.
How to get away with the perfect murder, make thermonuclear bombs in your kitchen and sell drugs to schoolchildren.
15 Hate sites
Everyone hates in different ways, but they all claim they’re related to Jesus, can only breed with people who share the same beliefs, and the Government has it in for them.
A prominent Satanist is harassed by an anonymous stalker and noone wants to help him.
What if you’re individually attacked by a hacker? How much damage can they do? Three victims share their experiences.