ETHER MADNESS

“I was given the brush-off at first, told to e-mail the story. Aside from the fact that I didn’t have e-mail at the time, I was not sending the story off into ether.”

Freelance writer Dan Forbes, on his technophobic, thoroughly Luddite pitch of a drug-control payola scandal to Salon.com …

“A friend of mine says that when they write the history of the Internet as a medium this story will be mentioned. How many real heavy-duty scoops have there been on the Internet prior to this?”

… and Forbes again, awakening to the Internet’s way new journalism about five years too late, High Times, December 2000 (issue date)

COULDN’T THEY AT LEAST HAVE KILLED THE PAPER CLIP GUY?

“I can … assure you that we know that there has been no compromise of the integrity of the source codes, that it has not been tampered with in any way.”

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, reassuring customers that in the wake of a hack attack, Microsoft’s integrity remains as compromised as ever, The Washington Post, 27 October 2000