Morning Coffee – 3 July 2017

Morning Coffee - 3 July 2017 Morning Coffee

Here are a few stories to read this morning.

  1. How an independent bookstore took on anti-feminist trolls and won (The Guardian)
  2. Minitel: The Online World France Built Before the Web (IEEE Spectrum)
  3. Are Japan's bookstores in the path of yet another storm? (Japan Today)
  4. Canadian entertainment industry begs Chinese courts to censor its movies (Boing Boing)
  5. New York Today: Celebrating the Strand (The New York Times)

The Minitel story reminds me of a similar service AT&T (which at the time was a US monopoly) tested here in the US in the early 1980s, only I can't find any details on it (no, not Prodigy).

Does anyone know the service I am referring to?

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2 Comments on Morning Coffee – 3 July 2017

  1. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viewtron

    And some good analysis: “Viewtron did not initially allow users to send private messages to each other, a conscious decision by Knight Ridder to exert editorial control.[9] Knight Ridder’s vision for the service was offering products and services for users to consume, not in providing a medium for communication.[10] When interactive features were later added, Knight Ridder discouraged their use, fearing that users interacting directly with each other would lead to a ‘dystopia without newspapers.'”[11]

    • Thanks, David.

      I thought the service had died because there weren’t enough providers using it. I hadn’t realized knight ridder had strangled a potentially disruptive comptitor.

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