By now, pronouncements about the "Information Superhighway" are so frequent tha some members of the technology elite can no longer contain their contempt for the term.

For example, Intel Corp. president and chief executive Andrew Grove was prompte to tell a trade show audience in New York this summer that he can't use the phrase "and keep a straight face." And Sun Microsystems Inc. chairman Scott McNealy dismisses a lot of the superhighway's present-day capabilities as littl more than "Beavis and Butthead on demand." The problem is not just that the ter is over-used, but is poorly defined, as well.

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