And to continue the Bowling -> Spirituality connection:
...prior to the 5th century A.D., the Germans annually held a spiritual ceremony in which a club, shaped like a bowling pin and known as a "kegel," was set up on its flat end and each subject attempted to knock it down by rolling a rock at it. Those successful would be cleansed of their sins for a year by the priest who was in charge of the proceedings.
[There were arguments about the right number of pins.] Martin Luther, the 16th century religious leader came to the conclusion that nine pins was the ideal number. From writings and biographies, it is apparent Luther was quite impressed with the game, even building a bowling lane for himself and his family.
Cliff writes the first high-visibility book questioning the sanity of the panacea status being accorded the net in particular and computers in general. The book could have been half as long, but Cliff is interesting enough to listen to to keep me going through the chatty bits.
We who are used to enthusiastically embracing intriguing what-ifs from the marketers and advocates of high techiness need to think about this book long enough to get over any inclination to take Cliff's barbs personally. We have grown dangerously eager to accept a computerized solution to any problem as the logical course even when there are more appropriate low-tech solutions to the problem. And to accept incomplete or flawed computerized solutions as the only ones even when the job could be done better.