Meet Steve Case. As a young man, he loved getting mail,
his mother remembered. The Washington Post
has begun assembling stories about the man who would group up to dominate
the media world. But AOL's rise was anything but glorious,
according to Newsweek.
"Amid all this coverage filled with words like 'merger' and 'content' and
'assets,' it's easy to forget the words most accurately behind AOL's
success: 'any bi-curious 18f's in here? wanna trade pics? :-)' "
History will record that Americans didn't let AOL acquire Time-Warner
without a fight. The FCC demanded more information on AOL's ongoing
refusal to allow its subscribers to receive instant messages from
others who weren't using AOL's software. As the U.S. government
was penalizing Microsoft for abusing monopoly power, was
AOL quietly transforming themselves into an equally scary monopoly?