James Fallows is National Correspondent for The Atlantic.His books include Free Flight: Inventing the Future of Travel, Blind into Baghdad: America’s War in Iraq, and China Airborne.


He’s Got Mail


by Cass Sunstein

Is the Internet Good for Democracy?

the Boston Review
The story of technology is largely the story of people who guess wrong about which problems will be easy to solve and which will be hard. For example, less than a decade before the Wright Brothers’ flight, Lord Kelvin announced that “heavier than air flying machines are impossible.” The Scientific …

Internet Illusions


by Dick Morris

Rich Media, Poor Democracy: Communication Politics in Dubious Times

revised edition by Robert W. McChesney
Until March 28 of this year, the investment world acted as if the coming of the Internet really had changed the basic rules of finance. Early that month, the Nasdaq average, which is heavily influenced by technology and Internet stocks, had passed 5,100, double its level of six months earlier.

Billion-Dollar Babies

The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story

by Michael Lewis

High Stakes, No Prisoners: A Winner's Tale of Greed and Glory in the Internet Wars

by Charles H. Ferguson
The phenomenon that Michael Lewis and Charles Ferguson both seek to describe in their books is the dramatic accumulation of wealth driven by the Internet. Technological and business innovations are the occasion for it, and Ferguson in particular, who tells us how he started and sold his own high-tech company, …

Hurry Up Please It’s Time

Investigating the Impact of the Year 2000 Problem

by 105th Congress Special Committee on the Y2K Technology Problem

The Simple Living Journal's Y2K Preparation Guide: 110 Ways to Create a Sustainable Life
Crisis or Not

by Janet Luhrs and Cris Evatt
The Year 2000 computer problem originated in the 1950s and 1960s, when programmers decided to use two rather than four digits to represent a year. The date of Apollo 11’s launch to the moon, for instance, was registered in NASA programs as 07/16/69, rather than 07/16/1969. It was obvious to …

Fear of Flying

Inside the Sky: A Meditation on Flight

by William Langewiesche

Stick and Rudder: An Explanation of the Art of Flying

by Wolfgang Langewiesche
Just before dawn on Wednesday, October 13, 1998, a small single-engine plane took off from Montgomery County Airpark, twenty miles northwest of Washington, D.C. The plane was a Cessna 172 “Skyhawk”—an old-fashioned-looking craft, with its Spirit of St. Louis-style high-wing design. The Skyhawk is the most widely used training airplane …