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Social Media Archeology and Poetics$
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Judy Malloy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034654

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034654.001.0001

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The Personal Computer and Social Media

The Personal Computer and Social Media

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(p.51) 2 The Personal Computer and Social Media
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Social Media Archeology and Poetics
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Paul E. Ceruzzi

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262034654.003.0002

The use of digital computers to facilitate social interaction has not eclipsed the uses for which they were invented, but it often seems that way. That use requires an ability to network computers to one another, a capability that took several decades after the computer's invention to be realized. The Internet, which emerged out of military-sponsored research done in the 1970s, enabled the creation of sophisticated forms of social interaction. But the personal computer phenomenon was evolving in a parallel universe, with little communication between the two camps. This chapter argues that important first steps toward social media were taken in the arena of the personal computer, which also emerged in the 1970s, but from a different direction. Using devices to connect PCs to the telephone network, and developing so-called “bulletin board” software, personal computer enthusiasts created a framework on which the current Internet-based social world resides.

Keywords:   Internet - Role of Personal Computers, Social Media - History, Personal Computers - History, Personal Computers - Social Media, Personal Computers - Networked, Bulletin Board Systems

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