LIGHTS
 

CURRENT MOOD:

Movie message board from 1986

It always blows my mind that the Google’s often-overlooked Groups search engine includes usenet postings going back to 1981, a time that people typically think of as pre-Internet. There weren’t nearly as many people posting as there would be by the early-mid 90s, but it’s an amazing archive. Sometimes I use the date-specific features just to find out what the first post ever to mention something was. (For example, the first time someone used “WTF” online was May 18th 1985.)

This movies group is a pretty neat example. The newest messages are from 1986 and they as far back as late 1981. Basically, when a lot of my favorite movies were coming out.

It’s weirdly anachronistic-feeling to see the nerdiest of computer nerds posting, not all that differently from how we do now, but about movies from 30 years ago; people worrying about spoilers for Return of the Jedi; people in disbelief that a fifth Friday the 13th is coming out; lists of at-the-time-upcoming movies, some of which never got made, or had different titles at the time; and this:

I wish Lucas & Co. would get the thing going a little faster. I can’t really imagine waiting until 1997 to see all nine parts of the Star Wars series.

There’s also rec.arts.movies which spanned from 1988 to 2004. And many many various other newsgroups, a handful of which are somehow still active today. Just add “before:YYYY/MM/DD" to a search query!

  1. supaida reblogged this from beamkatanachronicles
  2. ghastily reblogged this from inkclaws
  3. inkclaws reblogged this from neilcicierega
  4. queernuck reblogged this from neilcicierega
  5. 5997mil reblogged this from tommilsom
  6. coziestchimera reblogged this from ridemyrubyrod
  7. ubermitch233 reblogged this from neilcicierega
  8. netscape-navigator reblogged this from neilcicierega
  9. thefedoragirl reblogged this from neilcicierega
  10. heliological reblogged this from neilcicierega
  11. trillionagesprout reblogged this from wiratomkidney
  12. wiratomkidney reblogged this from neilcicierega
  13. thezulla reblogged this from cindyisawkward
  14. copofbees reblogged this from cindyisawkward
  15. cindyisawkward reblogged this from neilcicierega
  16. srookymulder reblogged this from neilcicierega and added:
    This never ceases to blow my mind.
  17. ippoddity reblogged this from neilcicierega
  18. cigarsandwhiskeygentlemen reblogged this from neilcicierega
  19. peanutscratch reblogged this from neilcicierega