WAY NEW FACTS

“We have been rapidly learning about using the Internet to check on all types of facts and sources for all sorts of stories.”

USA Today managing editor John Hilkirk, offering mass computer illiteracy in the newsroom as an excuse for getting duped by a fairly transparent models’-eggs hoax, Boston Globe, 29 October 1999

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WHO’S AFRAID OF THE BIG, BAD NET?

“The record industry is not afraid of the Internet. We are not afraid of piracy. And I don’t think the MP3 phenomenon has been a terrible thing.”

Hilary Rosen, president of the Recording Industry Association of America, testifying before Congress with a strategy of not-so-plausible deniability, Wired News, 20 October 1999

LIKE MOST ONLINE MEDIA COMPANIES, WE HAVE NO CLUE

“Unlike most online media companies, [Broadband Sports] derives its revenue from a combination of E-commerce, content syndication, advertising, sponsorship and subscriptions to premium content offerings.”

Frank Biondi, a bigwig Hollywood investor, on the new Internet startup where his bigwig Hollywood friend Richard Nanula signed on as CEO, The New York Times, 27 October 1999