http://loosehistory.biz/wp-content/uploads/loosehistory2-onlinehatemachine.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn episode two we check in with Twitter’s renewed interest in banning nazis, and take a scenic trip back through the rich history of how the internet got so awful. This episode also contains thoughtful notes on net neutrality and government regulation of the internet, which is exciting.
Referenced in this episode is Matt’s piece on how JCR Licklider and Robert Taylor envisioned the future of the online world, Brad’s take on the final destruction of Godwin’s Law, and Langdon Winner‘s Cyberlibertarian Myths and the Prospects for Community. For a look at early online communities that were less homogenous, and an analysis of race and gender in cyberspace, check out Safiya Umoja Noble and Theresa Senft‘s Race and Social Media, as well as Race in Cyberspace by Beth Kolko, Lisa Nakamura, and Gilbert Rodman (see the intro chapter). To learn more about early networking projects outside of the US and Western Europe, see Ben Peters‘ How Not to Network a Nation, and Eden Medina‘s Cybernetic Revolutionaries. To learn more about the alignment of the internet with national sovereignty, see Milton Mueller‘s Will the Internet Fragment?.
Outro music: There’s No Tomorrow, performed by Alan Dale and written by Hoffman, Corday, and Carr.