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In the Beginning...Was the Command Line by Neal Stephenson
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Dec 06, 2011

it was amazing
Read in January, 2009

I am surprised that none of the people who reviewed this book mentioned its most interesting and relevant allusion to dystopian novel THE TIME MACHINE by H.G. Wells. Stephenson compares our current society, in which you have the consumers who don't necessarily understand the workings of the Internet, and then you have the techies, who build all the software and control the tools we use for our business, pleasure, and communication, to the novel's ELOI (elite powerful and ignorant of tools) and MORLOCKS (crude but clever underground drones who keep the society running.)

I thought this comparison was quite profound and apt.

A very interesting book and completely unlike Stephenson's other 1000-page tomes.

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