Wired, 1993: Rebels with a Cause - Your Privacy. "On the cover were Eric Hughes, Tim May, John Gilmore, holding up an American flag, faces hidden behind white mask, their PGP fingerprints written on the foreheads. Gilmore even sporting an newly-founded EFF T-shirt. (from Thomas Rid, CS Monitor)"
Wired, 2019: YOU'RE IN PRIVATE MODE. To continue using a private window, sign in or subscribe. The title of the article being denied reads "It's Time to Switch to a Privacy Browser. Ad trackers are out of control".
@signaleleven @niconiconi Tired was parodying Wired... in the 90's. It was glorious.
The original Wired was marvelous, an notable #cyberpunk mag. You could see Bruce Sterling's reports, W. Gibson's commentary, and N. Stephenson's 300,000-words story of submarine cables. It was the Wired that inspirited the DotCom bubble, for good or ill.
Nowadays, it's a waste of time, only very occasionally publishes well-researched articles.
@niconiconi In the 90's I used to work upstairs from Wired's San Francisco office. Around the time of the (first) .com bust, a friend gave me a "Tired/Wired" parody shirt that read "Tired/Wired/Fired". In the halls, I could always tell who worked at Wired because they'd scowl at me.
Basically what I'm saying is that I cannot believe Wired is still being published 2 decades later. That's a hell of a long time to slide on its early pedigree.
I've subsequently worked with some of Wired's founders, who were all interesting and off doing new things. What's left behind, especially after Condé Nast, I can't begin to imagine.
I suspect it has something to do with Condé Nast buying them around '98. Wired was getting a line to "legitimate" East-coast publishing world of Vogue and GQ, and Condé Nast was buying its way into tech culture which it had no gateway into. (And I think that's why they've held onto it. It's their Rolling Stone, of a sort.)
I also did a little work for Vivid, but it wasn't in that building, so I'm not sure when that would have been.
We clearly have some reminiscing to catch up on...