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Alex asks us: Just for comparison's sake, read some of Gilder's lines from the release of his book:

LOL! I agree that Gilder has a corner on rapturous turns of phrase, but it's only fair to point out that many of his passages that seem so extravagant when taken from context are actually Gilder's code phrasing for ideas he developed fully in prior work. You have to go back to MICROCOSM or LIFE AFTER TELEVISION to understand his unique world where notions like "abundance" and "scarcity" have serious implications for engineering. When Gilder says (as he often does) "Listen to the technology," he's asking us to visualize a form or function in its most elegant design and to consider which economies must be met for that design to succeed. There is a note of triumphant determinism that runs through all this stuff, but if you can get past the florid hallelujahs, you have to admit that he has a knack for devining Big Pictures amid the noise.

Bob Sutton

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