For the record, Umberto Eco is an avid user of the Internet but he's not a fanatic. "I've never downloaded an MP3," confesses the Italian author-semiotician. "And I don't surf late at night in some hallucinatory way." On most days, Eco logs on just to check his e-mail and the weather. In the evenings, he'll connect to a radio station for a little background music. Once in a while, he'll buy a sentimental knickknack: a comic book from his youth or a favorite video game from the '70s. Explains the writer: "I use the Internet in the same way I use my personal library—I'm in a constant state of... More >>>