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  • ISBN 0375502904
  • ISBN13 978-0375502903
  • Language English
  • Author Gary Wolf
  • Publisher Random House; 1 edition (July 8, 2003)
  • Pages 304
  • Formats docx mbr rtf mbr
  • Category Reference
  • Subcategory Writing Research and Publishing Guides
  • Size ePub 1572 kb
  • Size Fb2 1888 kb
  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 310

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test for our own age, the story of a dreamer who turned American media upside down—and suffered the consequencesLouis Rossetto had no money, no home, no job. Five years later he owned the hottest magazine in America and was poised to become an international tycoon, with America’s most powerful financiers by his side. Rossetto was the founder and editor of Wired, whose hyperactive Day-Glo pages proclaimed that every American institution was obsolete. Instantly, Wired, was everywhere—on television, passed around the halls of Congress, displayed in the office of the president of the United States. Wired,’s headquarters in San Francisco became a pilgrimage site for everybody who wanted to be at the white-hot center of the digital revolution. Not since the early days of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone had anybody so brilliantly channeled the enthusiasms of his era. But this was only the beginning. Wired cast an uncanny spell, creating a feedback loop that grew stunningly out of control. Wired,’s online site, HotWired, designed and sold the first banner advertisements for the World Wide Web, unleashing a commercial frenzy. Wired, reached for empire, with a book-publishing company, a broadcast division, and foreign editions all over the globe. But as the market’s enthusiasm outstripped the limits of reason, Rossetto faced a battle over the fate of Wired that would prove the ultimate test of his radical ideas.Gary Wolf, one of Wired,’s most popular writers, takes no prisoners in this insider’s account, telling a story that is alternately thrilling, hilarious, heartbreaking, and absurd. Now that bumper stickers read-ing please god–just one more bubble have been sighted on the highways of California, Wired—A Romance goes beyond the dot.com clichés and paints a deeply affecting portrait of the boom.

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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test for our own age, the story of a dreamer who turned American media upside down-and suffered the consequences Louis Rossetto had no money.

Wolf earned a BA from Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, and an MA from UC Berkeley. Among his other Wired stories, Wolf is the author of "The Curse of Xanadu," about Ted Nelson and Project Xanadu, and "The World According to Woz", about Steve Wozniak.

Now that bumper stickers read-ing please god–just one more bubble have been sighted on the highways of California, Wired-A Romance goes beyond the do. om clichés and paints a deeply affecting portrait of the boom.

Gary Wolf's book Wired : A Romance provides an interesting outlook on the birth of wired. Gary Wolf, as a previous writer with the magazine, he provides an insightful look in how American journalist.

by. Wolf, Gary, 1962-. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Rossetto, Louis, Wired (San Francisco, Calif. Publishers and publishing, Businesspeople, Mass media, Internet industry, Online information services industry. New York : Random House. Gutierres on December 1, 2009. SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata). Terms of Service (last updated 12/31/2014). Gary Wolf, as a previous writer with the magazine, he provides an insightful look in how American journalist Louis Rossetto and his partner Jane Metcalfe in 1993 set the company up. Rossetto come's over as a svengali character, but also a real pain, and Metcalfe is virtually a ghost in the book. Wolf's book is good, but it really is not that great.

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Testfor our own age, the story of a dreamer who turned American media upside downand suffered the consequences Louis Rossetto had no money, no home, no job. Five years later he owned the hottest magazine in America and was poised to become an international tycoon, with America's most powerful financiers by his side.

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An excerpt from Wired-A Romance. A proper romance ought to pit youth against age, innocence against worldliness, and show the triumph of love over all temptation. We begin, then, with some disadvantages. Our hero is in his forties. He scorns idealism as naivete. And his domestic life has a distinctly argumentative cast. Nonetheless, this book is called a romance, and I think it is accurately named. A romance should at least have a hint of the supernatural. Here we are more lucky.

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I read Gary Wolf's 262-page account of the founding of Wired Magazine by Louis Rossetto and his moll, Jane Metcalfe, in one sitting. The subtitle, "a romance," is more about Louis' remarkable (half mad) passion for publishing in the digital age than about his courting of the beautiful Jane. Louis' passion for Jane is likely to have been great too since they are still together today living in France with children and $30 million (small change for a position thought to be worth hundreds of millions two years earlier) from the buyout of Wired by current publisher, Conde Nast, in 1998.
I have read Wired since its beginning but have tossed my copies. After reading this book I bought a nearly complete set of issues on Ebay for the first seven years (1993-2000), including the premier issue from January 1993, thinking I would enjoy reading some of the early issues again. In any case, they look nice in my library.
The author is a Wired editor with first-hand knowledge of all but the earliest of Rossetto's years at Wired.

If you are fond of the history of Silicon Valley (as I am), then this is for you. Otherwise there is not much here for the average Joe.
Delari
Wired, a romance is a fascinating tale. Author Wolf is a contributing editor at WIRED magazine and he tells this story with an insider's viewpoint. No doubt WIRED changed modern journalism, but how much did it contribute to the bluff and fluff of the Dot Com era that soaked so many average investors? That's a tale that Wolf never quite measures up in. More business data would have been helpful. But we get the flavor of the times. WIRED should have and actually DID see the diversification of the communications world and the convergence of telecom, film, records, books and more. They did issues on BIOTECH and covered new technologies but the flavor of the time was DOT COM and somehow they became entwined in the not com aspect of what went wrong in the 90's. Wolf's viewpoint is only part of the larger story of why they didn't go public and how they managed to sell out for a fortune to Conde Nast. It's a pleasant read but most of us on the seesaw knew the story well. What we need really is a skyhigh view of what it was all about and the good and the bad and the ugly that evolved from that Silicon Valley bubble that almost blew us all away.
Gavirgas
This book is well written and an easy read - it's hard to put the book down. Wired-A Romance is a story about the people who started the cutting edge magazine Wired. People interested in the beginning of the Internet revolution should find the book fascinating. Also, people interested in the business of starting a company and seeing where the big monetary payoff comes will also find it worthwhile.
The founder of Wired, Louis Rossetto, is strong-willed man and in the early 1990's has a definite view on how the world will change with the upcoming wired revolution. Rossetto's vision and character are essential for the magazine's quick success, but later these same traits almost cost the magazine's investors dearly.
An interesting tale by a talented writer. I recommend this book.
Gholbirius
While not poorly written you will find yourself skipping pages in this book. Gary spends a great deal of time telling you about the characters habits, backpacking, flower pots, pets and such in much more detail than he does about the actual company and magazine.
OK, but a VERY quick read.