Proto-Blogging: A Hoax?

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People on the Internet have been recently discussing “proto-blogs” from 1980s data systems, but something about the screen shots makes me think they’re modern hoaxes. For example:

This one seems pretty on-target for late 1980s political commentary, but the next one…

… is just total anachronistic nonsense.

8-bit graphics from 19th century Europe — the Age of Nationalism? I seriously doubt it!

Wait, maybe these are real…

Marxy wrote a lot of essays back on his old site Néomarxisme. This is one of them.

6 Responses

  1. porandojin Says:

    love!

  2. Chris_B Says:

    I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again as long as it takes. “blog” is not a noun or a verb, it is just a way that a bunch of self important jerkoffs started referring to their webpages as though it made them special. Your post today is funny but kinda reflective of the fact that too many people are drinking the kool aid left over from the mid 90s.

  3. trevor Says:

    well, i dissagee, a blog is totally different then a website.
    though yes, anything on the www is a website.. it’s sort of like comparing television and video games.. they are deleivered on the same medium. but they are not the same thing.

  4. nate Says:

    yeah wall street kid!

    chris b: why can’t blog be a word? Its being used more than 90% of an unabridged english dictionary. Are we really supposed to keep using “web log”? It’s such a fine coinage that I suspect you’re just trying to bait weenies like me.

  5. Chris_B Says:

    [sigh] ok, at some point I’m gonna have to give up on my linguistic windmill tilting. Even if it is a word, its not one that I’ll use and I hope my buddy who works for 6apart is right that the word will one day soon sound just as stupid as “cyber”.

    Anyways, I dont see these kinds of web pages as being anything new. Basically its a content management system with a guestbook script. Even if the posting client bit “doesnt require any HTML knowledge” the same could be said for FrontPage. These kinds of server scripts have existed since the mid 90s. Now since its fashionable, it needs a new word to describe it? So far no one has been able to convince me that this type of web page is in any way new or different than what has been with us for 10 years.

    Anyways, marxy’s post was funny.

  6. Kane, Andrew Kane Says:

    In an unrelated aside, I would like to comment on the extremely irritating use of the word “google” as a verb. It’s really cheesy people. Comic strips like “Doonesbury” use it to sound hip and relevant.