THE NET'S STRANGE DAY

WHAT WAS INTENDED AS A 24-HOUR CELEBRATION TURNS OUT TO BE A TIME OF PROTEST IN CYBERSPACE

RICK SMOLAN'S "24 HOURS IN CYBERspace" was supposed to be a round-the-clock, planet-spanning online party, a feel-good cyberfest celebrating the paradigm-shifting possibilities of the Internet and the World Wide Web. Smolan, the photographer and entrepreneur behind the hugely successful Day in the Life series of photo books that document everyday life in Spain, Japan, Australia, the U.S.S.R. and the U.S., hoped to do the same for the growing world of interconnected computers.

But thanks to coincidence--and a turn of political events--the 24 hours Smolan chose to document were anything but a celebration. They fell on the very day last week that...

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