Date of this Version
May 2, 2010 in The China Beat http://www.thechinabeat.org/
When the first World’s Fair, the Crystal Palace Exhibition, took place in 1851, it did so amidst much breathless talk of a new technology of communication that was capable of sending information across vast distances at incredible speed. That then novel but now very old “new media” invention was the telegraph, which inspired commentary much like that we’ve heard recently regarding the Internet. And it is thanks to the wonders of that newest of new media, the Internet, that I have been able to follow the final lead up to and first days of the 2010 World Expo from afar, and indeed to publish this post (written while taking advantage of the free wifi at the Hartford Airport heading home after a series of East Coast book talks).