An Amazing New World

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FWIW, I didn’t pay either of those prices. (It was a quarter at the thrift store that doesn’t have cool cats to play with.)

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, this is a non-fiction, first-person narrative account of what the Internet was like in 1995published in 1995! IRC chatrooms, newsgroups, MUDs, a forum devoted to the destruction of Barney the Dinosaur… As someone who still remembers the random jumble of characters that comprised his Prodigy e-mail address (PXVQ62C why would you do this to me Prodigy), that’s the kind of thing I can get into.

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What jumped out at me while I was skimming through the book were some of the extremely contemporary topics it goes in-depth on. I know the italics make it look like I’m being sarcastic, but take a look:

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Like I said, this book was published 20 years ago. This stuff could’ve been reblogged on tumblr today.

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Twenty years we’ve been garbage toward women on the Internet.

The author of this book (JC Herz) is still Internetting today. She’s active on Twitter, and she also co-wrote an interactive storybook about magical flowers with her second-grade daughter, which is probably the best sentence I’ve ever written in this blog.

As for this book? You’d do well to remember:

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