Has anyone seen this documentary?
It’s an eight part documentary on the BBS’s some of us used to frequent before the days of the internet. I’m finding it fascinating and quite a stroll down memory lane. It’s very in depth and reveals a lot about the scene that most of us never knew about. For instance the one on Fidonet was awesome. It lays out a real political side of it that I never knew about. Nor did I know that it still exists to this day. I also wasn’t aware of what was going on in the background with the ANSI art scene that brought us some really stunning work considering what they were working with.
I found the eight parts on the newsgroups, but I did a quick google search and it did turn up some torrents as well. I highly recommend this to people who were into BBS’s and to those who want to know about what we all did with modems before the internet.
From the website:
[quote]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, is now available. 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.
* Baud introduces the story of the beginning of the BBS, including interviews with Ward Christensen and Randy Suess, who used a snowstorm as an inspiration to change the world.
* Sysops and Users introduces the stories of the people who used BBSes, and lets them tell their own stories of living in this new world.
* Make it Pay covers the BBS industry that rose in the 1980’s and grew to fantastic heights before disappearing almost overnight.
* Fidonet covers the largest volunteer-run computer network in history, and the people who made it a joy and a political nightmare.
* Artscene tells the rarely-heard history of the ANSI Art Scene that thrived in the BBS world, where art was currency and battles waged over nothing more than pure talent.
* HPAC (Hacking Phreaking Anarchy Cracking) hears from some of the users of “underground” BBSes and their unique view of the world of information and computers.
* Compression tells the story of the PKWARE/SEA legal battle of the late 1980s and how a fight that broke out over something as simple as data compression resulted in waylaid lives and lost opportunity.
* No Carrier wishes a fond farewell to the dial-up BBS and its integration into the Internet. [/quote]