The Most Important Thing I Learned on Usenet…

… all those years ago was that complaining that you’re being picked on because people aren’t agreeing with you or trying to dictate how people are allowed to approach you is going to fail and likely bring you up for ridicule. The people you want to converse with don’t need to be told and the people who do aren’t going to listen.

6 Responses to “The Most Important Thing I Learned on Usenet…”

  1. James Schee Says:

    Good point.

    BTW, is there still a Usenet? I haven’t really looked, but was just curious. I’m not entirely sure how I would even access it these days.

  2. odessa steps magazine Says:

    When I started reading this, I thought it would be about the topic today on Talk of the Nation about “cyber gossip” boards, which apparently are popular with the college kids these days.

  3. Tommy Raiko Says:

    “is there still a Usenet?”

    Yeah, there’s still a usenet, but things like blogs and meesage boards and personal websites and everything else have largely supplanted usenet as locus of interesting discussion.

    You can poke around a bit via Google’s interface at if you’re interested in what’s become of the place…

  4. Johanna Says:

    Oh, yeah, Usenet will always exist. These days it’s mostly used for trading binaries (music and movies and such) though.

    Odessa, you mean this one? Haven’t heard it.

  5. odessa steps magazine Says:

    yeah, it wasn’t that interesting (to me).

    But, I’m not a college kid and try to avoid “no mod” message boards.

  6. Johanna Says:

    I find it fascinating how much ideas of privacy have changed … and I wonder when the resulting shocks will affect things in later generations.




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