Saturday, June 5, 2010

Mondo 2000: An Open-Source History

From Engadget:

Before there was a blogosphere, in those heady days of dial-up, how did one get culture? There were a few possibilities, all of which sound pretty pathetic in the modern era. If you had a friend in college, you could borrow their VMS account to access Usenet. Or, if you were lucky, maybe there was a 2600 meeting in your town. Then again there was always Walden Books at the Millcreek Mall -- if one of your visits happened to coincide with the erratic publishing schedule of Mondo 2000, you were in luck! From virtual reality to hacking, smart drugs, science fiction, and more: before ubiquitous broadband, and before Wired, this magazine was like a textbook from the future.

As far as we know, the whole story of this far-out publishing venture has yet to be told. That's why we're pleased as punch to hear that founding co-editor and all-around good guy R.U. Sirius is kickstarting a project called Mondo 2000: An Open Source History. The idea's pretty novel: everyone who was involved with the magazine is invited to collaborate on both a book and a website (including audio and video) that will trace the history of the magazine. And who knows? If things go well enough, some of the footage may be rolled into a documentary.

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