“It will be an optimistic speech, about imagination, progress, and new jobs.”

Xavier Schallenbaum, webmaster of French President Jacques Chirac’s vanity Web site, on his boss’s upcoming oration on the French people’s embrace of the Internet


“The Internet has been both magnified and vilified. We’ll try to avoid both the paranoic critics and the optimistic hype and address the issue through facts.”

France Miremont, organizer of a mock trial of “the Internet” to be held in Paris’s Court of Justice; the defendant will be represented by a young women dressed in “cyberclothes,” natch, New York Times CyberTimes, 17 March 1998

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