It’s not quite our birthday yet, but we feel like starting the party anyway. This autumn, we will celebrate our tenth anniversary. Back in 1997 we were unusual in that we launched our website before the magazine. I remember Jeremy showing me our fi rst homepage, and how I marvelled as Raphael’s “School of Athens” slowly appeared on the monitor, line by line. Now I’d be drubbing my fi ngers tutting about how crappy the dial-up connection was. The pace of change in the worlds of the Internet and publishing stand in stark contrast to philosophy-time. I was recently reading an article by Alex Byrne in the Boston Review when I Boston Review when I Boston Review was struck by a comment about “Philippa Foot’s recent Natural Goodness”. Recent ? That book came Natural Goodness”. Recent ? That book came Natural Goodness”. Recent out in 2001, when iPods were barely a glint in Steve Jobs’ eye and Saddam Hussein was still happily oppressing the people of Iraq. I only found the piece because our deputy editor Ophelia posted it on TPM Online ’s news feed, which uses RSS, another recent innovation
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