Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Social Media Archeology and Poetics$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM MIT PRESS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.mitpress.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright The MIT Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MITSO for personal use.date: 04 July 2022

alt.hypertext: An Early Social Medium

alt.hypertext: An Early Social Medium

(p.119) 6 alt.hypertext: An Early Social Medium
Social Media Archeology and Poetics

James Blustein

Ann-Barbara Graff

The MIT Press

Usenet's alt.hypertext newsgroup was a “place” for the discussion of hypertext. alt.hypertext hosted discussion of hypertext in general -- its possibilities and promise. Announcements of meetings and systems were frequent. Some of the discussion was of how to best use and develop what were becoming dominant conventions of hypertextual documents. The purpose of alt.hypertext came from the loose community of people who regularly posted there. Presumably alt.hypertext was chosen for the announcement of the WWW, and later the Mosaic browser, because its community was recognized as the most likely to understand and appreciate the importance and potential of the nascent WWW.

Keywords:   Social Media - History, Usenet, alt.hypertext, Hypertext - Community, Hypertext - Discussion, Hypertext Documents - Development, World Wide Web - History

MIT Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.