Evan Williams is the guy who opened up Pandora's box. Until he came along, people had few places to go with their overflowing emotions and wild opinions, other than writing a letter to the newspaper or haranguing the neighbours. Williams , a Twitter founder, a co-creator of Blogger , set everyone free, providing tools to address the world. In the history of communications technology, it was, possibly, a development to rival Gutenberg. And so here we are in 2017. How's it going, Mr Williams?
Philip K. Dick was a writer of modest accomplishment when he met Anne Rubenstein in late 1958. By the time the couple broke up less than six years later, Dick had written more than a dozen novels and was well on his way to eminence as one of the most influential of the postwar American writers. The events and emotions of that marriage turn up again and again in Dick’s novels, transfigured into science fiction.
“I thought once everybody could speak freely and exchange information and ideas, the world is automatically going to be a better place,” Mr. Williams says. “I was wrong about that.”The Silicon Valley entrepreneur first drew notice during the dot-com boom, for developing software that allowed users to easily set up a website for broadcasting their thoughts: blogging. By the time Google bought the company in 2003, more than a million people were using it.