How File Sharing Broke the Internet’s First Forum
Usenet—a formative online protocol intended for conversations—was forever changed once the public figured out you could transfer binary files through it.
The Surprising Impact the 1992 Presidential Election Had on the Modern Internet
The web wasn’t common in 1992, but presidential candidates notably took baby steps toward the internet that year—Ross Perot in a bigger way than most.
Twenty Years Ago, Trolling Was Repeatedly Posting ‘Meow’ in Usenet Groups
The 'Meow Wars' were a landmark in shitposting.
The Forgotten Early History of Fanfiction
Before Fifty Shades of Grey, early fanfiction authors carved out their own little homes on the burgeoning internet.
Pirates Are Posting Prince's Music to An Obscure Corner of the Internet
Sure, you’ll have to break copyright to find Prince’s music online, but when has that ever stopped pirates?
This Piracy Group Promises to Leak 40 of Hollywood’s Top Movies in a Row
A veteran piracy group has pledged to release 40 “hot titles” in the coming weeks.
The Google+ Dream Is Still Alive, But It Looks Less Like A Social Network
Google surprised the web by effectively re-launching Google+ with a greater emphasis on group discussion.
It's September, Forever
The 'Eternal September' was a 1993 backlash against unwanted internet users. It never ended.
LOL Is Dying
Nobody LOLs anymore, Grandpa.
Google, a Search Company, Has Made Its Internet Archive Impossible to Search
The search giant broke its Usenet archive. Again. And no one knows if or when it will get fixed.