A language of optimists takes root on the Internet.
6 Billion Human Beings
An online exhibit from the Museum of Natural History in Paris looks at our burgeoning humanity, en masse and one at a time.
The state of art on the Net.
The CIA reaches out to a new generation of spies.
A multimedia "essay" has technology serve humanity, and vice versa.
"Interactive fiction" moves to the Web.
The "Why?"s Have It
For a nation of strangers, the simplest questions can help bridge the widest distances.
Dances With Words
Experiments in "information choreography."
Competing visions of post-suburban life give new meaning to the "global village."
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May 27, 1998
Las Vegas has long been known as the prime spot to get hitched quick, but the city may be losing hold of that distinction. This past January Donna Wilson and David Olson were the first couple to be wed by the newly opened Slo & Go, in Belleview, Florida; the ceremony took place aboard a blue pickup truck, on U.S. 441, and lasted forty-eight seconds. Yet despite their exceedingly brief ceremony, Wilson and Olson still had to waste valuable time actually getting themselves to the Slo & Go. Such logistical problems have long seemed unavoidable, but in fact they may soon disappear, if the Web site I Thee Web (a "real-time wedding chapel ... specializing in one-stop nuptial bliss, URL-style") is any indication of the way things are heading.
I Thee Web is a place for those who have developed romantic relationships online to exchange (legally non-binding) vows. "Can't figure out how to pop that question?" the site asks. "Just fill in the blanks on our digital proposal, pre-written in the language of love!" Once an e-mail proposal is completed (and accepted), one can look forward to a special day of "digital matrimony in an absolutely live chat session." Guests can be invited to monitor the ceremony online, thus sparing them the vexations and expense of having to attend in person. For those interested in recording "the special moments of their courtship, honeymoon, and happily-ever-after," I Thee Web offers The Registry, a message board for newlyweds. To make the whole experience "official," the site e-mails out a digital wedding certificate ("suitable for framing") to the bride and groom.
With ever quicker and easier ways to get married, mistakes are sure to be made. In anticipation of that likelihood, some enterprising Web-site designer is no doubt already at work on a one-stop, real-time, URL-style solution to that problem: "I Thee Divorce."
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