The week of March 22, 2015

The Early Internet
An illustration of a teen with the Anarchist Cookbook

‘The Anarchist Cookbook’ and the rise of DIY terrorism

By Aaron Sankin

The author of the world’s most dangerous book wants it destroyed forever.

Quote of the week

“A glitch, even when it is intentionally provoked, always maintains a level of chance, at least from a human point of view, because of the computer’s seemingly random and chaotic way of breaking down.”

—Nick Briz


The long, twisted history of glitch art

By Miles Klee

From the industrial revolution to John Glenn and the early Internet, this is the history of the glitch as art.

Unraveling the Internet’s oldest and weirdest mystery

By Kevin Morris

Behind the Markovian Parallax Denigrate lies a curious saga that involves conspiracy theories, mistaken identity, Usenet, and spam.

How a computer found me love—32 years ago

By Allen Weiner

I met the woman of my dreams. And it was all thanks to an algorithm.

We paved Geocities and put up a Facebook parking lot

By Joe Kloc

For 15 years, Geocities was the world’s one and only Internet city. Then it disappeared.

Saving a life on the proto-Internet

By Kevin Morris

Doctors on Usenet helped cure Zhu Ling. Can the modern Internet bring her justice?

Plugging a 1986 Mac Plus into the modern Web

By Jeff Keacher

Three decades later, can this early home computer still hold up?

The true and bizarre origins of ‘me irl’

By Cooper Fleishman

Who’s really responsible for one of the most popular memes on the Internet?

Behind the Internet’s first magazine

By Kevin Morris

Digging back into ‘The Internet Underground’ with editor Rob Bernstein.