Re: Punk Rock - The "old" internet and PC days
Just had something yesterday jog a memory of one of the first examples I can remember of trolling on the internet. Of course then we (or at least I) didn't call it trolling -- it was in fact an April Fool's Day prank -- but it's still one of my favorites.
It was about 1990 or 1991 I think, just after I started grad school. I didn't even have a dial-up modem then (you know, tying up the phone line. Plus even local phone calls were hideously expensive, relatively speaking), so for me getting on the internet meant going in to campus, down to the basement of the Science Center and getting on a terminal to look at Usenet newsgroups (plus the occasional e-mail list). No graphics, and if you wanted to search FTP sites, you could use Archie.
This of course was still the era of the 'mixtape', a concept that you youngins might actually know about courtesy of Guardians of the Galaxy, and you'd commonly see posts on the various rec.music.* groups along the lines of "I wanna do a mixtape for my girlfriend [Name]. Can people suggest songs that have [Name] in the title?"
Anyway, one day I saw the following post in rec.music.misc, cross-posted to like 30 other newsgroups as well, which was just about the ultimate sin: "I'm putting together a mixtape for my girlfriend, and I'm looking for pop or rock songs that have 'love' in the title, or are just about love generally. Can people help me with suggestions?"
Needless to say, the nascent internet went completely apeshit. Eventually though, someone pointed out the time/date stamp on the post -- midnight on April 1.
Like I say, still love that one.