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Howard Rheingold

I fell into the computer realm from the typewriter dimension, then plugged my computer into my telephone and got sucked into the net. Now, TA DA!, the lights came on in this place we've been conversing all these years. You can follow me downscreen and I'll introduce some of my other worlds, or you can go directly to What's New & Rheingoldian.

In my earlier years, my interest in the powers of the human mind led to Higher Creativity (1984), published together with Willis Harman, Excursions to the Far Side of the Mind: A Book of Memes (1988), Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming (1990), with Stephen LaBerge, and They Have A Word For It: A Lighthearted Lexicon of Untranslatable Words and phrases. (1988)

I ventured further into the territory where minds meet technology, via the subject of computers as mind-amplifiers, and wrote Tools for Thought (1984). Next, Virtual Reality (1991) chronicled my odyssey in the world of artificial experience, from simulated battlefields in Hawaii to robotics laboratories in Tokyo, garage inventors in Great Britain, and simulation engineers in the south of France.

In 1985, I became involved in my virtual home turf, the WELL, a computer conferencing system. I started writing about life in my virtual community and ended up with a book about the cultural and political implications of a new communications medium, The Virtual Community(1993). I maintain a linklist of resources related to virtual communities.

I had the privilege of being the editor of The Whole Earth Review and editor in chief of The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog> (1994). Here's my introduction to the Catalog, my riffs on Electronic Democracy and Taming Technology and a selection of my own articles and reviews from both publications.

My syndicated column Tomorrow is online as well. Although I reserve the electronic distribution rights for this column, and thus offer it for publication on the WELL, King Features reserves syndication rights.

If you wanna see my new shoes, it's around 70K. You've never seen shoes like these. I scour the world for sufficiently twisted digital culturati and bring you their pix and my words in

Rheingoldian Roadshows


Pixel Theater

displays meta-Rheingoldian patterns in pigment and phosphor.

The serious stuff...

Special thanks to Kim Baumann Larsen, who created the first Howard Rheingold home page. The photograph on this page was taken by Robert Holmgren and digitally enhanced by Todd Tibbetts ( The Tomorrow photograph was taken by Deborah Guyol and digitally neurostimulated by Kathleen O'Neill (

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