Faceless on the Internet
Apotheosis
by Michael Szul
2y ago
Your browser does not support the audio element. This is an expanded, written monologue of the Apotheosis podcast episode of the same name. You can listen to the audio version above. Podcast music by Nullsleep. If you follow me at all on Twitter, you might have noticed that I've been retweeting and promoting James Curcio's Tales from When I Had a Face Kickstarter. James and I have been acquaintances since the early 00's at a time when Internet communities were transitioning to the World Wide Web, but still remained niche rather than tied to any domain of social media. Many my age still remembe ..read more
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A Happy Mutant Reading
Apotheosis
by Michael Szul
2y ago
Your browser does not support the audio element. This is an expanded, written monologue of the Apotheosis podcast episode of the same name. You can listen to the audio version above. Podcast music by Nullsleep. I'm sure you're tired of hearing my opinion on Boing Boing at this point, so you'll be happy to know that this is the last Codepunk post and Apotheosis podcast episode on the subject. We covered both the history and the controversy of Boing Boing in previous posts, so we're going to conclude with some light-hearted happy mutant dialog. And don't worry: It'll be short. I wasn't sure how ..read more
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The Boing Boing Controversies
Apotheosis
by Michael Szul
2y ago
Your browser does not support the audio element. This is an expanded, written monologue of the Apotheosis podcast episode of the same name. You can listen to the audio version above. Podcast music by Nullsleep. Although the history of Boing Boing paints a picture of geek chic with a thriving community and an almost playful cyber-indulgence, the blog (and those running the blog) is not without the occasional head-turning controversy, and some of this controversy directly correlates with the declining perception of the blog in its current quasi-lackluster state. Every discussion revolving around ..read more
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A History of Boing Boing
Apotheosis
by Michael Szul
2y ago
Your browser does not support the audio element. This is an expanded, written monologue of the Apotheosis pocast episode of the same name. You can listen to the audio version above. Podcast music by Nullsleep. We started this series talking about Douglas Rushkoff's Cyberia and mentioning the cyberculture magazine Mondo 2000. It was always the intention to get back to the subjects of that first analysis, but it's impossible to really understand the early years and influence of Mondo 2000 (and eventually Wired Magazine) without discussing Boing Boing. Boing Boing was a "zine" before it became a ..read more
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Giving the Finger to the Bird
Apotheosis
by Michael Szul
2y ago
Your browser does not support the audio element. This is an expanded, written monologue of the Apotheosis pocast episode of the same name. You can listen to the audio version above. You can blame Ben Brown for this one. I mentioned Ben in the previous Apotheosis post. He's a current Microsoft engineer that works on the Bot Framework Composer, but made a name for himself in technology and the Austin tech scene for a variety of applications and companies, but most notably, his work on Botkit, which Microsoft subsequently purchased (I suspect this was an acqui-hire to gain Ben's services) and mad ..read more
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Dreaming of Gopher's Past with the Gemini Protocol
Apotheosis
by Michael Szul
2y ago
Your browser does not support the audio element. This is an expanded, written monologue of the Apotheosis pocast episode of the same name. You can listen to the audio version above. I miss the Gopher protocol. That's an odd statement to make because the Gopher protocol wasn't successful long-term and it had quite a few drawbacks, but the Gopher protocol was an Internet protocol built on the idea of sharing information in a search and hierarchical manner. Although it shared some of the horizontal nature of web surfing, it certainly adhered (at least on individual Gopher sites) to the horizontal ..read more
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Cyberia Old and New
Apotheosis
by Michael Szul
2y ago
Your browser does not support the audio element. Codepunk uses the tagline "life in the new cyberia." And although he didn't invent the term, Douglas Rushkoff used the word "cyberia" as the title of the book that really cemented him in early cyberculture. Cyberia: Life in the Trenches of Hyperspace. Note: In the podcast episode for this post, I mistakenly referred to the book's subtitle as "Life in the Trenches of Cyberspace." I picked up a new copy of Cyberia recently. For one, I wanted to see how well the book held up in our modern era, but at the same time, I've become a bit nostalgic for t ..read more
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Giving the Finger to the Bird
Apotheosis
by Michael Szul
3y ago
You can blame Ben Brown for this one. I mentioned Ben in the previous Apotheosis post. He's a current Microsoft engineer that works on the Bot Framework Composer, but made a name for himself… Your browser does not support the audio element. Read the full monologue for this episode over at Codepunk. Decade by Nullsleep ..read more
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Dreaming of Gopher's Past with the Gemini Protocol
Apotheosis
by Michael Szul
3y ago
I miss the Gopher protocol. That's an odd statement to make because the Gopher protocol wasn't successful long-term and it had quite a few drawbacks, but the Gopher protocol was an Internet protocol… Your browser does not support the audio element. Read the full monologue for this episode over at Codepunk. Decade by Nullsleep ..read more
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Cyberia Old and New
Apotheosis
by Michael Szul
3y ago
Every generation—once they reach around 40 years of age—starts to think about how things were when they grew up, and we all come to the same conclusion about how our childhood was better. Your browser does not support the audio element. Read the full monologue for this episode over at Codepunk. Decade by Nullsleep ..read more
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