BBS The Documentary - Part 5: ARTSCENE
Through eight episodes, director Jason Scott covers the 25 year history of the Dial-Up Bulletin Board System, a modem-connected computer system that let others connect to a computer over a phone line and leave messages and trade files. Containing 200 interviews, episodes mostly consist of elaborate montages of dozens of people composing a narrative.
BAUD is an introduction to the start of the BBS.
SYSOPS AND USERS is a montage of stories and thoughts on running BBSes.
MAKE IT PAY covers the BBS Industry.
FIDONET covers the amateur network of computers called Fidonet.
ARTSCENE covers the ANSI art scene of the 1990s.
HPAC covers Hacking and Phreaking BBSes.
COMPRESSION discusses the ARC-ZIP battle of 1988.
NO CARRIER discusses the "end" of the dial-up BBS.
The BBS (bulletin board system) scene of the 80s and 90s was a magical time. Long before the Internet escaped from the lab, connected the planet and redefined what it meant to use a computer there was a brave and pioneering band of computer users who spent their time, money and sanity setting up their home computers and phone lines to welcome anyone who called.
In the Summer of 2001, Jason Scott, a computer historian (owner textfiles.com) wondered if anyone had made a film about these BBSes. They hadn't, so he decided he would.
Four years, thousands of miles of travelling, and over 200 interviews later, "BBS: The Documentary", a mini-series of 8 episodes about the history of the BBS, was made available in 2005. Spanning 3 DVDs and totalling five and a half hours, this documentary is actually eight documentaries about different aspects of this important story in the annals of computer history.
Also has some great electronic music.
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