Talk: Alan Liu, "'Wild Surmise': How Humanists and Artists Discovered the Internet at UCSB, c. 1994 -- An Origins Story"


Friday, January 13, 2017


10:00 - 11:00 am


UCSB Library, Instruction & Training Room, 1312

Abstract: How did humanities and arts computing start at UCSB in the era of the beginning of the Web? How did our campus become one of the early leaders in scholarly use and study of the Internet by humanists? In this talk, Alan Liu provides a glimpse of the origin of his Voice of the Shuttle Web site for humanities research, the UCSB Many Wolves Authoring Collective, the Ultrabasic Guide to the Internet for Humanities Users at UCSB, the original server, the first department-based server in the humanities, and other greatest hits of the very, very early online era at UCSB. What did the world look like in 1994 from the perspective of humanists browsing on a 2400-baud modem with Lynx and Mosaic?