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It’s Time for the Eternal September to End

It’s Time for the Eternal September to End

I am, of course, discussing the Eternal September, a 1993 move by AOL to allow its users into the free-for-all that is Usenet. Image: sarahe/FlickrHow the Eternal September set the stage for decades of online conflictFor decades, internet culture has struggled with the n00bs. The initial separation between the normal and the technical that the Eternal September fostered underlined the tribalism that other internet users follow without even thinking about it. And well, this user was a technical user in a highly technical role. And while technical corners can and should exist, we should no longer pretend that technical users have a monopoly on these stories.

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