From Poetry to Web: Tools of Youthful Rebellion Commentator Andrei Codrescu hears that Internet startups are like rock bands — a dream of powerless youth. Once upon a time, stand-up comedy served the same purpose. And before that, it was poetry. But today's Web sites are part of the mainstream, he says, and the rebellion is blunted.
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From Poetry to Web: Tools of Youthful Rebellion

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From Poetry to Web: Tools of Youthful Rebellion

From Poetry to Web: Tools of Youthful Rebellion

From Poetry to Web: Tools of Youthful Rebellion

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Commentator Andrei Codrescu hears that Internet startups are like rock bands — a dream of powerless youth.

He remembers that once upon a time, stand-up comedy served the same purpose. And in Codrescu's youth, it was poetry.

But he laments the fact that today's Web sites are part of the mainstream. He says the rebellion is blunted.