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"In science fiction one can say a great many things that are unpalatable, … because it's expressed as science fiction you can slip it past their defenses."
- Frederik Pohl

Internet Addiction  
  A state in which human beings experience addiction to computer access and data streams.  

The datasphere was construct delight that first year- I called up information almost constantly, living in a frenzy of full interface. I was as addicted to raw data as the Caribou Herd were to their stims and drugs. I could imagine don Balthazar spinning in his molten grave as I gave up long-term memory for the transient satisfaction of implant omniscience.

It was only later that I felt the loss - Fitzgerald's Odyssey, Wu's FinalMarch, and a score of other epics which had survived my stroke now were shredded like cloud fragments in a high wind. Much later, freed of implants, I painstakingly learned them all again.

Technovelgy from Hyperion, by Dan Simmons.
Published by Doubleday in 1989
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