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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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alt.hypertext: An Early Social Medium

alt.hypertext: An Early Social Medium

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

Ann-Barbara Graff

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262034654.003.0006

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

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