RE: Journalism

From: Amara D. Angelica (
Date: Tue Apr 24 2001 - 23:31:01 MDT

Damien, I'm writing a review of your excellent book for Hopefully it will help a bit. I have the
1st Ed. printing, Feb. 2001 the U.S., which I assume
is the latest? I'd like very much to interview you
(via email). I also welcome comments (public or private)
re the book from the list.


Amara D. Angelica
Editor and Chief Borogove,

> -----Original Message-----
> From:
 []On Behalf
> Of Damien Broderick
> Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2001 8:44 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: Journalism
> At 11:54 PM 4/23/01 -0700, Ben and then Samantha wrote:
> >> Anyway, it's clear from this conference and from Kurzweil's forthcoming
> book
> >> that the Singularity concept is going to seep into the tech
> media over the
> >> next couple years.
> >It will go further than the tech media. It will soar into general
> >awareness, for good or ill. Time to get those beneficial meme machines
> >cranking.
> I hope this does not seem off-topic or pettily self-interested, but I get
> increasingly Bent & Twisted when I see such remarks. The updated
> edition of
> my popular science book on the Singularity, THE SPIKE, has been available
> in the USA now for three months. As far as I can see, it covers much the
> same territory as Ray Kurzweil's forthcoming book, with much the same
> optimistic attitude to the coming changes. Yet I see almost zero response
> to its existence. That is, damn-all reviews in the States (despite some
> nice endorsements from transhumanists in forums such as the Extropian
> list), little acknowledgement that the thing exists.
> It's a beneficial meme machine, *in potentia*. But of course a meme that
> isn't taken up and circulated isn't a meme at all.
> Damien Broderick
> [`the meme rath outgrabe'!]

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