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WYSSA means all my love, darling: A social history of the Internet from the carrier pigeon to Antarctic morse code

Invited Speaker Edward Vielmetti
Usability perspectives
10:30am to 12:00pm on Thursday, June 11, 2009

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Some part of us wants desperately to believe that the telecommunications technologies of this day - Facebook, Twitter, and weblogs - are so completely new that they are an uncharted territory for human companionship. In this talk, Internet veteran Edward Vielmetti covers the social history of internetwork technologies, looking at ways in which ancient low-bandwidth modalities prefigure current popular culture.

Edward Vielmetti is on the move in Ann Arbor, MI, though he sometimes has trouble finding a place to park. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan's College of Literature, Science and the Arts ('88 A.B, Economics). Ed has 24 years of Internet experience, and has been quoted in publications ranging from Forbes and the New York Times to the Ann Arbor Chronicle and the Michigan Daily. He has a fondness for the history and technology of the Progressive era.