Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet

 An Interview with Andrew Blum '99 and Professor Carol Clark


"The internet is the instigator of revolutions, the transcendent set of communications protocols that has changed everything, but it turned out to also be something that a squirrel could chew on. And it was at that point that I got this very clear image of wondering what would happen if I yanked that cable from the living room wall ... how far could I follow it, where would it go? And that was what set me off on my journey to visit the internet."

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About the interviewer
On the Amherst faculty since 1987, Carol Clark, William McCall Vickery 1957 Professor of the History of Art and American Studies, teaches courses that address the art of the United States, with a focus on the nineteenth-century and on public art, and co-teaches a seminar on museums and society. She earned a B.A. in History and an M.A. in the History of Art from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in the History of Art from Case Western Reserve University. Before coming to Amherst, she was Prendergast Executive Fellow at the Williams College Museum of Art, taught in the graduate art history program at Williams, and served as curator of paintings at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Her most recent book, which won the Western History Association's 2011 Joan Patterson Kerr award, is Charles Deas and 1840s America (University of Oklahoma Press, 2009), published in conjunction with an exhibition she organized for the Denver Art Museum (August-November 2010).