The Null Device

The Internet gold-rush, that burst of high-tech tulipomania that hit in the second half of the 1990s, has had a devastating impact on San Francisco. What was once a laid-back, creative city has become ground zero of insane hypercapitalism. The steep rise in rents has driven out virtually all the artists, musicians and bohemians who made the city's atmosphere so unique, and they have been replaced with dot-commers, often packed several to a small apartment. There is very little in the way of slack in the new San Francisco. Among the holdouts of the vanishing SF, there is little sympathy for the dot-commers:
"This is a live/work space intended for artists and academics only. People who work in digital media are OK but no .coms. I'm trusting you know the difference," read one ad on Craigslist.

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