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    • 00:01

      SPEAKER: Most people subscribe to a groupon the basis of shared interests to communicateamong themselves, share knowledge, and express doubtsand questions on various topics.Its contents inaccessible to most search engines and usuallyrequire a specific software as in the case of the newsreaders, similar in many respects

    • 00:21

      SPEAKER [continued]: to the RSS tell of the exultant and untidy,underground conversations which haslasted for more than 30 years.Newsgroups have their origins in 1979when two students from Duke University, Tom Truscottand Jim Ellis created Usenet, user's network,

    • 00:44

      SPEAKER [continued]: the popular sister, some would say,the [INAUDIBLE] of ARPANET.Usenet was designed as a network of interconnected severanceallowing academic discussion no matter where the speakers werelocated and permitting contact between peoplewho did not know each other but who shared common interests.

    • 01:07

      SPEAKER [continued]: Its use and contents soon became popular givng riseto a conversation without bordersand with nonprofit motive.Some of these groups conversationamong equals which in the case of classic mass medialike television, radio, and press,and even though fed by media contents

    • 01:28

      SPEAKER [continued]: had been relegated to the [INAUDIBLE]came into history for the first timeand definitively within the media.When the internet with Usenet and newsgroups, userstherefore found themselves with conversation and interactionas key elements much before web 2.0

    • 01:50

      SPEAKER [continued]: advertised as the longed for advent of an interactivity thatin reality made that the very center of Usenet for decades,much before forums and web logs began to populate the internet.In contrast to what happens with many participative spaces,like the customary blogs or forums in which subjects are

    • 02:13

      SPEAKER [continued]: suggested or imposed and participation consistsof a debate on those imposed topics,newsgroups allow any member of the groupto raise the subject of debate, one of the main conditionsfor real interactivity, not a substitutefor it, in which the actor who decides the subject for debate

    • 02:34

      SPEAKER [continued]: necessarily calls the shots.The contents of news groups cover a wide spectrumfrom super specialization to amateurismand of course the main part of full conversationis talking for talking's sake.Newsgroups are organized hierarchicallyin categories such as comp, subjects related to information

    • 02:57

      SPEAKER [continued]: science; misc, miscellaneous groups;rec, recreation; sci, science; soc, sociological subjects;alt, alternative subjects that do notfit into the other categories; and humanities and news,among others.Some newsgroups are moderated whichmeans that new entries for articlesgo through a filter or gate keeper

    • 03:18

      SPEAKER [continued]: before being published and accessible on Usenet.The protocol used for rating and publishing news on Usenetis a Network News Transfer Protocol, NTTP.In contrast to the discourse on publicity and opennesssurrounding the web lately, discourse at timesis not free from a certain degree of demagogy.

    • 03:40

      SPEAKER [continued]: And in contrast to the not over exposure characteristicof social networks such as Facebook or Myspace,newsgroups have always being a formof communication reluctant to being in the spotlight.They're more intimate, more ceremonious, more tribal,with its own jargon, trolls, imaginary culture, and even

    • 04:02

      SPEAKER [continued]: reductio ad Hitlerum-- as a Usenet discussion grows longer,the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitlerapproaches 1, known also as Godwin's Law.It is very probably that's for many Usenet users,the bride shop window of Google groups

    • 04:24

      SPEAKER [continued]: is not precisely the dream place to end up.With its unglamorous appearance andits aesthetic and arid blocks of textin total opposition to user friendly design,newsgroups continue to be of the few strongholdson the web in which the content is still king.

    • 04:47

      SPEAKER [continued]: Perhaps they're not as old fashionedas some think when they ask, but does Usenet still exist?

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This video offers history and analysis of the original Internet forum, the Usenet newsgroup.

Newsgroups

This video offers history and analysis of the original Internet forum, the Usenet newsgroup.

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