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Netizens History Impact Usenet Internet

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Netizens, one of the first books detailing the Internet, looks at the creation and development of this participatory global computer network. The authors conducted online research to find out what makes the Internet tick. This research results in an informative examination of the pioneering vision and actions that have helped make the Net possible. The book is a detailed d ...more
Hardcover, 361 pages
Published April 27th 1997 by John Wiley & Sons
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Dec 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comp-sci, history, oldies
I bumped into this because it was referenced in a series of blog posts by Steven M. Bellovin about the creation of Usenet, which was on the front page of Hacker News.

I found it mostly interesting as a contemporary perspective from a time where it was reasonable to anticipate that Usenet would become mainstream, whereas the WWW is barely mentioned; trolls and spam were a problem that seemed not too bad; and individual Usenet posts were thoughtful enough to be quoted and actually make sense. Most
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Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a highly underrated book. Part of the problem is that it was the lesser known IEEE Computer Society Press which published this (a Professional Society Press). Ignore the fact that I an quoted inside about the ARPAnet.

The majority of this book is more about Usenet (news.groups or by various terminology), not so much the Web or the rest of the internet. This book is written by a mother-son team which should include Ronda Hauben in the goodreads. Alas Michael (his mother informed m
Dec 01, 2022 rated it liked it
An uneven and hopeful set of essays on the history and promise of Usenet as a democratizing and generative space for global discussion. The pre-history of ARPAnet is valuable and inspiring, as is the central warning that coming commercial control and influence would distort and reduce the forms of communication from creatively sparking new ideas through conversations to merely consuming information.
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