started out as story published in Wired Mag http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/2.01/microserfs_pr.html

another excerpt in Wired from when the book came out http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/3.07/coupland.html

you exist not only as a member of a family or a company or a country, but as a member of a species - you are human. You are part of humanity. Our species currently has major problems and we're trying to dream our way out of these problems and we're using computers to do it. The construction of hardware and software is where the species is investing its very survival, and this construction requires zones of peace, children born of peace, and the absence of code-interfering distractions. We may not achieve transcendence (Evolution) through computation, but we will keep ourselves out of the gutter with them. What you perceive of as a vacuum is an earthly paradise - the freedom to, quite literally, line-by-line, prevent humanity from going nonlinear

entire text online? http://preterhuman.net/texts/literature/unsorted/microserfs.txt

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