"WHAT A LONG ROAD humankind has traveled over the past 4,500 years," writes Leigh Ramsay of San Diego, commenting on the October 2000 issue, "and yet how little has changed. In 'Nabada: The Buried City,' Joachim Bretschneider notes that clay tablets provided 'a meticulous record' of the daily activities of Nabadian society. In 'The Internet in Your Hands,' Fiona Harvey observes that Nokia's conceptual phone could 'perform a plenitude of tasks' to support the daily activities of our world society. One wonders if 4,500 years from now Bretschneider's long-distant descendant will find a buried cache of plastic tablets in what may once have been a landfill and remark that 'the tablets are curious in one aspect: the language is English, but the script is Nokian.'" Starting below, a selection of letters on other October articles.
The Joy of Memetics