The internet first became public and we had a demonstration of it at school in the library on the only computer with a modem. They dialed up, logged in, and showed us what websites were and how to access them. "For instance, if you want to find out more about our government, you can go to www dot Whitehouse dot com. Wait. That's not right. Close! Close! Close! That's enough for today." For those of you who don't know, Whitehouse.com was a porn site. Whitehouse.gov was the one she wanted. You couldn't have devised a more sublime metaphor for the internet if you tried.