An issue of Gnosis Magazine themed on "Pop Culture & the Esoteric" from the Summer of 1994 is sitting at this coffee shop so of course I picked it up to peruse. I found this article written by a guy who'd been using the internet from 1982-1994 and his conclusion is it won't expand human consciousness to a higher level, or even result in meaningful dialogue. Note that the World Wide Web was so young it didn't even get mentioned in the glossary at the end. (W3C would be founded ~3 months later!)
@darius One thing that struck me after reading a bunch of 90s material for research for Exapunks was that a surprising number of voices were totally correct about where the technology was going, but very few came anywhere close to the right conclusions about what it would mean
@darius lucy says, "sounds about right"
@firstname.lastname@example.org I've been pretty into reading/learning about early internet history lately. (I've only just started reading your RFC blog but it's definitely something I think I'm going to enjoy) This kind of thing is such an interesting artifact!
Friend Camp features several modifications that were requested by our users.
If you want decent privacy (the info doesn't leave this server), the only way to do that is to set your account to private, only accept friend requests from other friend.camp users, and only ever @ mention other friend.camp users. Once you start talking to people on other servers, all bets are off. Any private message you send to someone on another server could be looked at by the admin of a different server. This is kind of like email: if you are on a private email server, and you send an unencrypted email to a gmail account, congrats, Google now has the content of that email. But also, you do this every day, so, hey. The internet!