Artists Imagine Important Figures Chatting on an Early Internet

By: Anthony Edward Geremia - Dec 13, 2012
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Since the internet's inception, it's been a fun experiment to imagine how historical figures and celebrities might have used it had it been around in their time, and a team of artists has imagined this reality as The ARPANET Dialogues.

These four fictional transcripts contain chatroom sessions featuring famous artists like Jim Henson, Yoko Ono, and Ayn Rand, and famous politicians like Ronald Regan, who asks if we wouldn't "rather pick up the phone and call" during his session. In them, these famous figures engage in lively debates about art and philosophy.

What sets this bit of writing apart is how its authors focus on complex political and artistic issues, rather than simply playing the whole thing for laughs or novelty.

Implications - These fanciful "what if" scenarios can have a serious, thoughtful edge to them, instead of just being funny distractions.