early internet


I Like Your Bangs

When we finally meet in person, years after I abandoned my account, I have to rub my eyes to make sure I hadn’t just blinked through a particularly vivid afterimage.
Lilian Min
net neutrality

The Time Canada Wanted Its Own Internet Because It Thought the US Would Mess It Up

In the early 1970s, Canada envisioned a Trans-Canada Computer Communications Network free from US control.
Daniel Joseph

The Women Pioneers of the Internet Say There Have Always Been Trolls

A new book released this week tells the untold stories of the internet’s early days.
Kaleigh Rogers

Mapping the Internet Was Really Easy in 1973

Behold, ARPANET in the early 1970s.
Sarah Emerson

Steve Wozniak Was My Computer Teacher in 1995

The Apple co-founder spent his own money, and more importantly, lots of his own time, showing us public school kids how to use the early internet.
Madeline Moitozo

An Obscure Peter Gabriel Benefit Concert Helped Bring the Internet to the World

It took a while for the internet to turn into a major global force, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. (Peter Gabriel deserves at least some of the credit.)
Ernie Smith
Star Trek

The Forgotten Early History of Fanfiction

Before Fifty Shades of Grey, early fanfiction authors carved out their own little homes on the burgeoning internet.
Mark Hill

How AOL Instant Messenger Shaped the Sexuality of a Generation

A/S/L? ;-)
Mark Shrayber
My Life Online

The Web 1.0 Music of Jerome LOL

Jerome LOL is a young artist who found his niche in reappropriating GIFs and images from the early days of the internet—a time he calls web 1.0. His work hits a certain nostalgic nerve, and if you remember Rihanna's 'SNL' performance with the dolphins...
VICE Staff
Motherboard Blog

The Mojave Phone Booth Is Still Ringing

Nowadays, we're all alone together and catching viruses left and right from the comfort of laptops in bed. But back in the Wild West of 1990s Internet, when something really caught fire on the 'net people literally hopped into their cars and drove for...
Brian Anderson