The WELL (Whole Earth ‘Lectronic Link)—one of (if not the) oldest online communities,  testbed for my theories about disembodied sociology in the Digital Age when I was editing Flame Wars in the early ’90s,  invaluable source of crowd-sourced wisdom and subcultural ethnography when I was writing Escape Velocity in the mid-90s—is hosting a conversation about I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts, moderated by Jon Lebkowsky, author, thinker, and legendary figure in early Net culture and social media.

Stage-dive into the conversation pit HERE, if you’re a WELL member.

In his introduction to our discussion topic, Jon writes:

inkwell.vue.441 : Mark Dery – I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts permalink #0 of 22: Jon Lebkowsky (jonl) Wed 9 May 12 07:00
Inkwell is ecstatic to welcome Mark Dery for  two-week freewheeling
discussion about his new essay collection, _I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts:
Drive-by Essays on American Dread, American Dreams_.  Mark is a remarkably
erudite, well-respected cultural critic with a fringe sensibility and
strong cyberculture roots. He's known to sharpen his tongue every morning
as he sits down to write. His writings on media, technology, pop culture,
and American society have appeared in Artforum, Cabinet, Elle, The New
Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Salon, Spin, and
Wired, among others. He lectures frequently in the States and abroad.
Dery's books include The Pyrotechnic Insanitarium: American Culture on the
Brink and Escape Velocity: Cyberculture at the End of the Century, which
has been translated into eight languages. He edited the scholarly
anthology Flame Wars: The Discourse of Cyberculture and wrote the
monograph Culture Jamming: Hacking, Slashing, and Sniping in the Empire of
Signs. He's currently writing a biography of the artist Edward Gorey for
Little, Brown.

I’m Jon Lebkowsky, and I’ll be leading the discussion for Inkwell. My short bio is here:

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