The Experiential Life
t the dawn of the new millennium, on the morning of January 1, 2000, 10 million computer users logged into the domain DotComGuy.com
and watched via webcam as a bland-looking twenty-six-year-old former systems analyst, who’d legally changed his name to DotComGuy, moved into a bland suburban house in North Dallas, Texas. There he would remain for the rest of the year, living entirely on goods and services ordered over the Internet: groceries from Food.com
, housecleaning by TheMaids.com
, and more.
He was as unlikely a media sensation as could be imagined. The secret of DotComGuy’s appeal could not have been his daily routine, which often resembled that of an elderly shut-in waiting for Meals on Wheels to arrive. ...