The Friendly Orange Glow: The Untold Story of the PLATO System and the Dawn of Cyberculture
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Why is everything ORANGE?
For years many of the terminals connected to the PLATO system had flat-panel "gas plasma" displays, and the light emitted in the monochrome pixels of gas plasma displays was... orange!


Who owns and runs this site? Who's the webmaster?
Brian Dear, that's me. For contact info, use the link at the top. I have a background in startups, social media, user communities, software design, user experience design, as well as PLATO, CBT, CAI, eLearning, editing, writing.


How do I buy a copy of the book?
You can order the book now (click on the button below).

The book was released on November 14, 2017, and is on sale NOW in stores across the U.S. and online. You can order online at:


How much information have you gathered while researching so far?
Book sources include: over 7 million words of typed transcripts from 1000+ hours of recorded interviews, plus over 13000 emails, plus hundreds (maybe thousands, I've lost count) of other materials including magazine and newspaper articles, books, documents, pamplets, videos, photographs, and brochures.


Why are you writing this book?
Because there has never been a trade nonfiction book written about PLATO, the culture that surrounded it, and the innovations and people that were involved with it. It's a fascinating story that's never been told. And it's time to set the record straight, once and for all.


Will you write my homework/thesis/dissertation for me?
I barely have enough time to do my own work let alone the research for others. So, sorry, I cannot help you with that paper you're writing on PLATO. The book includes 100 pages of bibliography, notes, and reference material which I hope prompts future researchers to dig deeper and explore the PLATO story further.

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