The Friendly Orange Glow: The 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, and am a member of the Society for the History of Technology and the Association of Internet Researchers.


How do I buy a copy of the book?
You can pre-order the book now (click on the button below). You'll be able to buy the book in bookstores in November 2017.


When will the book be for sale?
The book will be published by PANTHEON BOOKS, a division of the Knopf/Doubleday Group in Penguin Random House, It goes on sale on November 14, 2017 in bookstores and online stores everywhere at that time.


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 research let alone the research for others. So, sorry, I cannot help you with that paper you're writing on PLATO. I will provide a full bibliography and end-notes when the book comes out, and I hope this aids future researchers in exploring the PLATO story further.

More questions and answers will be added over time. But for now... back to work...

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