A friend suggested this exercise: go to your Amazon orders page, and see what the very first thing you ordered from Amazon was.
Yes, that’s right. In case you didn’t know Amazon not only has a record of every purchase you’ve ever made, but makes it available to you for a walk down memory lane or, well, embarrassment.
So, I took a look, and it turns out that on January 25, 1997 I purchased a copy of 24 Hours in Cyberspace: Painting on the Walls of the Digital Cave Photographed on One Day by 150 of the World’s Leading Photojournalists
. I remember there was a television special about this project, so that’s probably why I bought it. I think it ended up being a coffee table book before I gave it away during one of my many moves over the past 13 years.
The book is out of print now, as are most of the conclusions it made about the future of the internet no doubt.