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Olia Lialina: Vernacular Web 2
The space that we’ve researched as a new medium for the last ten years has turned into the most mass medium of them all. Nothing more than a mass medium, permeating our daily lives to the point of becoming invisible. Its numerous users are busy working, having a good time or expressing themselves, and they have almost perfect tools and services at their disposal. Connection never breaks, distinction between a server and a hard disk, between your desktop and that of another person has almost vanished, and there’s nothing that could contribute to the development of user-media relationship, nothing to provoke us.
webdesign  internet  users  userfriendliness  platforms  computing_history  1990s 
january 2018 by rachaelsullivan
The Ghost of Geocities | One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age
Early web designers always had a clear/empty image file in the graphics folder of their projects. Usually it would be called clear.gif. Mine was — 0.gif. And most commonly it would be just 1 pixel of nothing. The one on Geocities is 10×10 pixels.

Clear gifs were irreplaceable in the world of pre-CSS layouts. Invisible and small graphics could be stretched in width and height, keeping visible elements of the page on desirable distance.
CSS  webdesign  1990s  geocities  internet 
may 2017 by rachaelsullivan
Flashback: The People's Net - Rushkoff (2001)
There was a whole new world out there, unlimited by the constraints of time and space, appearance and prejudice, gender and power.
Now that the Internet’s role in business has faded into the background, the many great applications developed to make our lives better are taking center stage. They are compelling, and surpass some of our wildest dreams of what the Internet might someday achieve. ... have a look at Blogger. It’s not just a Web site; it’s also a set of publishing tools that allows even a novice to create a Weblog, automatically add content to a Web site, or organize links, commentary, and open discussions. In the short time Blogger has been available, it has fostered an interconnected community of tens of thousands of users. These people don’t simply surf the Web; they are now empowered to create it.
1990s  internet  participation  democracy  blogs  cyberspace  web2.0 
march 2017 by rachaelsullivan
Material Literacy and Visual Design (lester faigley 1999)
Thousands of teenagers now have personal Web pages, many of which display the multimedia capabilities of the Web.
1990s  webdesign  design  visualrhetoric  internet  rhetoric 
march 2017 by rachaelsullivan
Women and Children Last: The Discursive Construction of Weblogs -- Susan C. Herring
Women and young people are key actors in the history and present use of weblogs, yet that reality is masked by public discourses about blogging that privilege the activities of a subset of adult male bloggers.
blogging  gender  women  web2.0  1990s 
january 2016 by rachaelsullivan
A History of AOL, as Told in Its Own Old Press Releases
America Online for Windows incorporates the powerful features of popular Windows applications including pull down menus, 3-D icons, tiling and cascading, multitasking, resizing, minimizing and more — making America Online familiar and easy to use.
aol  internet  media_history  gui  1990s 
march 2015 by rachaelsullivan
Key differences between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 | Cormode | First Monday (2008)
“Web 2.0” is a term that is used to denote several different concepts: Web sites based on a particular set of technologies such as AJAX; Web sites which incorporate a strong social component, involving user profiles, friend links; Web sites which encourage user–generated content in the form of text, video, and photo postings along with comments, tags, and ratings; or just Web sites that have gained popularity in recent years and are subject to fevered speculations about valuations and IPO prospects. Nevertheless, these various categories have significant intersections, and so it is meaningful to talk broadly about the class of Web 2.0 sites without excessive ambiguity about which definition is being used (from now on, we use Web2 and Web1 respectively for brevity).
web2.0  internet  media_history  participation  1990s  from delicious
april 2014 by rachaelsullivan
When all of my friends are on at once: Jeff Baij
this was most likely the first screencap that i ever took, found it sitting on a cd-rom buried amongst highschool era mixes: my emo mix, my grindcore mix, my techno mix. the image still bears the original file name “speed,baby,speed.jpg”. clearly took this before i had any concept of file naming CONVENTIONS, i could never bring myself to put commas in a file name now.
internet-culture  internet  pc  literacy  storytelling  1990s  users  from delicious
march 2014 by rachaelsullivan
Information Overload : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
A look at different ways to manage the glut of information showing up on computers and other storage devices. Demonstrations include DayTimer Organizer 2.0, Em@iler, Personal Journal, and DataTimes Summarizer. Originally broadcast in 1996.
history  overload  cyberspace  1990s 
march 2013 by rachaelsullivan
David Noble's Articles on Digital Diploma Mills
In January, 1998, a controversy erupted at UCLA over its relationship with a private company, The Home Education Network (THEN), with which it was engaged in the delivery of distance education. The controversy was prompted by disclosure in the first installment of this Digital Diploma Mills series, and subsequent media coverage, of some of the details of the arrangement, by that time already five years in the making but still relatively unknown on the UCLA campus.
highered  activism  onlinelearning  cms  lms  industrialism  factory  1990s 
march 2012 by rachaelsullivan
Today's Kids Are, Like, Killing The English Language. Yeah, Right.
But there is a concealed paradox in the Age of Duh. The information overload on which it is based is built around the computer, and the computer is, of course, built around -- that's right -- the good old yes-or-no binary code: Billions of microcircuits all blinking on or off, black or white, current in or current out. Those computers were designed by minds schooled and steeped in the world of yes or no, and perhaps it is not too much of a stretch to imagine my sons' generation, shaped by the broader view of duh, finding another path: binary code with attitude.
essays  generations  language  digitalculture  1990s  texting 
november 2008 by rachaelsullivan

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