#4 - The Unicorn

Monday, October 21, 2013 - 07:15 PM

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Millions of Americans don't use the internet at all. Some don't have access because of poverty, geography, or age. But some just never logged on. This week, Alex goes on a quest to find a unicorn -- someone who lives a life just like his, but entirely without internet.

 

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Comments [17]

Stephen from Kalamazoo

I remember the first time I went on line. That night I woke up startled. I had been having a dream, and I was going from place to place in the dream as if I was surfing through a browser, opening and closing windows, going forward and back, clicking links. I thought the experience of using the computer and using the browser to surf the web actually changed the way my brain worked.

It was 1998. We got our first computer in our house. I fell for the 90days free AOL promotion and it took me a year to learn how the kill the app. The Dell cost almost $3000 and it didn't do half as much as my smart phone does today.

Jan. 13 2014 09:48 PM
Jon

I'm a long time OTM fan, but I'm only slowly warming to TLDR. In theory it has the potential to add something to the OTM mix, but here you have found a Unicorn and you decide to kill it? What I love about OTM is that it often recognizes that what's interesting about the media is that it is kind of dangerous and sinister. Wouldn't it be more interesting to find a unicorn and examine how and why it is still surviving and just how beautiful that really is?

Nov. 14 2013 01:25 PM
Falselogic from NorCal

I can think of about 535 unicorns down in DC...

Oct. 25 2013 06:48 PM
Marja from Helsinki, Finland

Please, please would you please do a follow-up later on about Mike. I'd love to hear about his experiences exploring The Internets [sic]. This is truly fascinating!

Oct. 25 2013 01:16 PM
Jessica from Williamsburg

There is another definition for unicorn. I should know as I have been called one;-)

Oct. 25 2013 09:50 AM
EricaS from Brooklyn

Maybe Mike needs to watch this 'how to use the internet' video from the 80s:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A81IwlDeV6c&feature=youtu.be

Oct. 23 2013 06:45 AM

Mike's diner is called "The Usual" and it's on Vanderbilt in Brooklyn between between Prospect Pl. and St. Marks Ave. I had actually been there a number of times w/o ever meeting Mike. It's great!

Oct. 22 2013 10:47 PM
David from UES - NYC

By the way , where is Mikes diner? I want to go for breakfast.

Thanks

Oct. 22 2013 08:57 PM
Maz

This was a great little story. Nice work!

Oct. 22 2013 07:31 PM
David from UES-NYC

I'm reminded of the opening scene in 2001 a space odyssey. You are the guys who introduced Mike to the club, and you will forever be responsible for what he does with it. Your very own original sin. How does it feel? That would make an interesting program.

Keep it up.

BTW the guy who did't know what TLDR meant is not a loyal OTM listener. I'm over 50 and I knew what it meant. He could have googled it. Does Mike know what TLDR means? should He?

Oct. 22 2013 01:42 PM

"So what's next? Giving crack to school children?"

Stay tuned for TLDR #5!

Oct. 22 2013 11:56 AM
wemule

So what's next? Giving crack to school children?

Oct. 22 2013 11:51 AM

Hey Ryan, head over here for all things BMC. http://breakmastercylinder.bandcamp.com/

Oct. 22 2013 10:22 AM
Ryan

I am looking for the mix tape by "Brake Master Cylinder". Maybe I did not get the name right. Can someone help me out?

Oct. 22 2013 10:10 AM

Hey Mr O,

It stands for Too Long, Didn't Read. It's internet shorthand for a digest-y synopsis of a long article. Maybe it IS time we put a definition somewhere on here. Thanks for checking us out.

PJ

Oct. 21 2013 11:40 PM
Mr O

Superadorable initial-y name for this site but WTF does it mean? Would be helpful to translate TLDR somewhere on your page. You can be hip and not stupid at the same time. It's not too long that we'll don't-read the tag.

Oct. 21 2013 11:21 PM
JewelDole from Santa Monica CA

Haha - this reminds me of when the internet was relatively new, and the host of "Whataya Know?" Used to ask "Email? Why don't people just call you on the phone?" - and then he'd call someone and type it all out on a manual typewriter, on set, while he was talking to them. Hilarious!

Oct. 21 2013 10:55 PM

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