Extending Marshall McLuhan – Second Edition
Chapter 41. Bulletin Boards, Usenets, Listservs, and Chat
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BULLETIN BOARDS, USENETS, LISTSERVS, AND CHAT
Content and extension: The content of a bulletin board, Usenet, Listserv, MUD, MOO, or a chat session is the written word in the form of a personal communication to a group, which extends the mind of the sender to the receiver(s).
Cascade: The cascade is from the thoughts of the sender to the spoken word to the written word to the Internet page to the bulletin board, Usenet, Listserv, or blog, and from there to the reader.
LOM: Bulletin boards, Usenet, Listserv, and chats enhance the exchange of the written word, obsolesce newsletters, physical bulletin boards, and communications sent through the postal system, retrieve correspondence and community, and reverse into spam and self-promotion.
A bulletin board system or BBS is a computer running software that enables users to dial into the system over a phone and use a terminal program to perform functions such as downloading software and data, uploading data, reading news, and exchanging messages with other users. BBSs were popular ← 327 | 328 → from the early ’80s to the mid-’90s and were superseded by the Web when the Netscape browser first emerged.
Usenet is a distributed Internet discussion system that evolved from a general purpose UUCP (Unix to Unix CoPy) network of the same name. Users read and post e-mail-like messages (called “articles”) to a number of distributed newsgroups, categories that resemble bulletin board systems...
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