Sunday, March 31, 2013

Hotline Revisited

Benj Edwards:

At the height of Hotline’s popularity in the late 1990s, users could connect to thousands of Hotline servers that suited every imaginable user interest. Many of them catered to underground tastes, providing pornography, MP3s, and warez (pirated software) with almost free reign, which attracted the lion’s share of media attention during Hotline’s heyday. But beneath the sensational headlines, strong communities formed through Hotline that led to lifelong friendships and emotional support groups.

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Lifelong friendship and emotional support, yes. Chatroom fun and IRL gatherings, yes. But much more so with Carracho than with Hotline, for the “beleaguered” Mac users of those times.

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