[NetBehaviour] Early Electronic Literature

Alan Sondheim sondheim at panix.com
Thu Aug 18 07:45:14 CEST 2022



Early Electronic Literature

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My Bar Mitzvah invitations sent out; I was of course 12 at the
time, on the cusp. I had become a Novice ham operator, never
contacted anyone, was frightened of code (as a Novice I could
only code), pretty much scared of the world. But reaching out
through radio, that I could do anonymously. Soon I was simply
listening across the world, directly, without any possibility
hacking at all. I still listen, and in a way there's less to
hear, but in another, even moreso, given the cosmos' propensity
to radiate. In any case here's one of the ancestors of online
(telegraph being the other), employed as might be imagined, in
an illustrated movement from body (the hand) through apparatus
(the key, the transmission) to body (through addresses, not
URLs but you get the idea), to later what would be called a
gathering IRL perhaps, the WN3DRP being the invitation to a
Zoom far more sophisticated than the _real thing._

Back then, _I knew._

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