I don’t think anyone believes the internet is a fad anymore. The web has outgrown its own hype and hoopla; it is here to stay, whatever it is.
Yet the hysteria continues. If you believe the claims of the webvangelists, the internet is the most important improvement in the human condition since the invention of the thumb.
Perhaps they’re right, but the truth is nobody knows where the internet revolution is going to lead, not Bill Gates, not the talking heads on CNBC, not the goateed boys or the black-togged girls who spend 18 hours a day creating it.