But just in case you need a little help passing as a true insider, we present our Signal to Noise Fiction-to-Apparent-Reality Conversion Chart.
Apparent Reality: Wired
The Big Hint: "No one sees its dysfunctions until the intoxication of landing a job there has worn off."
Fiction: Jerry Liebowitz
Apparent Reality: Louis Rossetto, Wired Ventures CEO
The Big Hint: "He looks like an eccentric '70s-vintage rock musician, with long gray wavy hair...[His] decisions, no matter how erratic, stick like cement."
Fiction: Chelsea Simmons
Apparent Reality: Jane Metcalfe, Wired Ventures president
The Big Hint: "The woman is in her 30s, worth millions by now, and rumored to be quite shrewd.
Fiction: Dusty Lawson
Apparent Reality: John Perry Barlow, former Grateful Dead lyricist; founder, Electronic Frontier Foundation
The Big Hint: "...a stylishly outlandish character who fights for cyber-rights, jets around to fulfill prestigious high-tech speaking engagements..."
Fiction: Andrew Garrett
Apparent Reality: Stewart Brand, Global Business Network principal, WELL founder
The Big Hint: "...a futurist business consultant, a renowned author, and the man who invented the EGG (Electronic Global Gathering), which is hands-down the most respected online service in existence."
Fiction: The EGG
Apparent Reality: the WELL
The Big Hint: See above.
Fiction: Ethel Fuller
Apparent Reality: Esther Dyson, author of Release 2.0
The Big Hint: "Chelsea's aging friend -- a rendition of Peter Pan if he had grown up ... holds out a limp hand."
Apparent Reality: Kevin Kelly, Wired executive editor
The Big Hint: "... the oldest employee at the magazine, in his late 40s, with thinning hair and a pink inquisitive face..."
Fiction: Sir Kengo
Apparent Reality: R.U. Sirius
The Big Hint: "... a brilliant, eccentric, psychedelia-doused writer who started a trippy tech-culture magazine called Zenith. ...[He] says he wants to marry a rich porn star who would fund his films and buy him drugs."
Apparent Reality: Mondo 2000
The Big Hint: "The grandmother of all cyber-rags had shriveled into a catatonic relic, vanquished by the arrogant pubescent newcomers at Signal."
Fiction: Darren Cooper
Apparent Reality: Douglas Coupland, Gen-X inventor
The Big Hint: "Whenever Darren Cooper walks into Signal's offices, the editors dote on him like he's the next Tom Wolfe."
Apparent Reality: Might
The Big Hint: "They're suddenly acting all professional-like, conducting Force as if it were a real magazine."
Fiction: Going Gaga
Apparent Reality: bOing! bOing!
The Big Hint: "If these zines are truly great works of journalism, why doesn't Conde Nast invest in them? Like they did with Signal."
Fiction: Caffe Centro
Apparent Reality: Caffe Centro
The Big Hint: "Everyone in this cafe has a goddamn book deal except her.