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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016


?On the World Wide Web, Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau's incisive socio-political comic strip, which debuted 25 years agois revered and celebrated in words and comic pictures by fans who won't let go.

In cyberspace, Doonesbury and his pals reside at the still-under-construction "Doonesbury Electronic Town Hall" (, where visitors can check out a number of pages, including a daily political briefing page -- the subject one day last week was too much government -- or vote in a straw poll, or call up a long-ago Doonesbury strip. (Newsday)

?An extensive survey of American households released last week suggests cyberspace is less populated and less interesting than is widely believed. The survey by New York market researcher FIND/SVP, based on more than 27,000 phone calls made in November and December, estimated there are about 9.5 million Internet users in the United States, two-thirds of whom only log on about once a week. The figures are much lower than those of other recent studies.

A widely quoted August survey by Nielson Media Research, for example, counted 24 million Internet users and as many as 36 million with access to the Internet.

The survey found that American Internet users spend an average of 6.6 hours a week on the Net, time they used to spend in front of the television or talking on the phone.


?Although the Net has no boundaries, you can still make a run for the border -- as far as Taco Bell, anyway. When Brian Mathis and 11 of his friends at Rochester Institute of Technology started a Web cult worshiping Taco Bell, it whetted many appetites for cybertacos.

The club's home page, Taco Bell Net -- which has no corporate connection -- serves as an on-line Taco Bell fan club headquarters. From there, you can get advance notice of upcoming Taco Bell products, see menu information and jump to other sites on the Net, such as the newsgroup and home page of a Taco Bell in Florida.

(Washington Post)