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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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System X: Interview with Founding Sysop Scot McPhee

System X: Interview with Founding Sysop Scot McPhee

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Social Media Archeology and Poetics

Amanda McDonald Crowley

The MIT Press

System X was an Australian-based dial up BBS, where users created a community of interest with both a variety of text-based conversations and a virtual gallery of images and sound that invited visual and sound artists and musicians to share work and collaborate. System X also sought to originate critical thought about information storage and control, data networks, and art practice in this media. Importantly, it provided a context for community members to upload their own content and to share that content not only with a Sydney-based community, but also with the growing international community. In an interview with Founding Sysop Scot McPhee, this chapter documents the roots of System X in the Sydney electronic music community; System X's role as an art project; the importance of uploading, downloading, manipulating and re-uploading music and images; the user community; the audience; and System X's legacy in the Australian digital arts community.

Keywords:   Social Media - Creative Practice, Social Media - Australia, Social Media - History, System X, Scot McPhee, Social Media - Electronic Music, Bulletin Board Systems, Bulletin Board Systems - Electronic Music, Electronic Music, Sound Art

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