Emily (foresthouse) wrote,

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Douglas Adams, Infocom, and the unreleased sequel to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy game

This is fascinating.

This guy somehow got ahold of an old Infocom network drive from 1989 - which includes email correspondence between employees regarding the in-development sequel to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy game. The sequel never got made, and these emails give some insight into why.

Aside from the obvious points of interest in the article, the comments themselves are fascinating. A bunch of the people quoted in the article (Michael Bywater, Marc Blank, David Lebling, Anita Sinclair, Tim Anderson, Amy Briggs, Steve Meretzky) show up with their various takes on what happened, whether this guy should have published these emails, whether he has the RIGHT to publish private emails (it's unclear where he got the drive and who might have given him permission to publish these things...), whether he should have contacted them first, etc. As a journalist, I find the discussion of whether this was proper journalism very interesting, particularly with regards to the comments discussing the changing style of journalism in the "blog age," so to speak. As a lawyer, I find the choice of Baio to publish private emails without permission to be potentially questionable. As a blogger and a person, I find the sense of entitlement of some of the commenters both fascinating and repugnant - "we want to see it, ergo we deserve to see it - consideration of others, legality of publishing, journalistic integrity, and unbiased reporting aside!" Hrm.

Thoughts on this, anyone?

Bonus! Play the original HHGTTG game!
Tags: journalism, law, literature, sci-fi, the internet iz serius biznes

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