Mark Van de Walle

IN THE FUTURE ONE BOX, one cable, will do and be everything—answerphone, personal banker, home computer with Internet access, television (with 500 channel satellite downlink). You’ll have to give Bill Gates all your money to get it, but by then money will probably have Bill’s bespectacled mug on it anyway.
You’ve already witnessed the first steps toward this if you’ve caught MSNBC, the Microsoft/NBC cable news and Internet joint venture (complete with a fawning Bill Clinton on its less than scintillating inaugural broadcast). You may, also have heard the rustling of sheets, as various communication companies and media conglomerates raced into bed with one another in the wake of the Telecommunications Act; they are hoping to give birth to The All-In-One Box, too, preferably (from their point of view and maybe yours) before Gates does.
For now, however, your TV and your computer are reduced to looking longingly at one another across the room. But, like most frustrated lovers, they can still talk about each other; here’s a few places to listen in.

Mark Van de Walle is a frequent contributor to Artforum.

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