Usenet

Tedium

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.
Ernie Smith
2.6.18
politics

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.
Ernie Smith
10.19.16
Internet

Twenty Years Ago, Trolling Was Repeatedly Posting ‘Meow’ in Usenet Groups

The 'Meow Wars' were a landmark in shitposting.
Roisin Kiberd
7.8.16
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
7.3.16
Silicon Divide

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?
Nicholas Deleon
4.22.16
short circuit

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.
Nicholas Deleon
12.24.15
short circuit

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.
Nicholas Deleon
11.17.15
Internet

It's September, Forever

The 'Eternal September' was a 1993 backlash against unwanted internet users. It never ended.
Jason Koebler
9.30.15
News

LOL Is Dying

Nobody LOLs anymore, Grandpa.
Clinton Nguyen
8.10.15
Internet

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.
Matthew Braga
2.13.15