MEDIA: Extropians in Book World/Washington Post

Kathryn Aegis (
Sat, 25 Oct 1997 19:30:57 +0000

A little surprise tucked into today's book review of Mark Edmundson's
_Nightmare on Main Street_, which purports to deconstruct America's
general pessimism through an examination of its Gothic tradition.
The reviewer, Paul Di Filippo (of the Washington Post) spends several
paragraphs listing the materials that Edmundson apparantly
ignored in researching his book. When you read the following, note
that the term Extropian seems to be on its way to becoming a social


As for data that might go against his theme, Edmundson
too quickly dismisses the whole forward-looking
Extropian/Wired cyberscene, stating 'Utopian discourse
is at what may be an all-time low in premillenial
America.' With such hearty techno-luminaries and their
followers as Nicholas Negroponte, Eric Drexler, Stewart
Brand and James Gleick pouring forth visionary dreams
of gadget-mediated paradises just down the road, this is
a highly debatable proposition.

Kathryn Aegis