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mondo 2000

Finding my old bookmark files has made me nostalgic for the early computing days when everything was new and exciting and full of possibilities. One of my favourite magazines back in the early 90s was Mondo 2000. It was hard to get - only a few places in Brisbane stocked it, actually only two that I recall and even then it was occasional. By the time I got round to subscribing to the magazine it had finished being published and I lost my subscription renewal to the cause so to speak. At the time, it was cutting edge and the full gloss images and interviews with leading thinkers made it a great read. R.U. Sirius who was the editor of the mag has a podcast these days and can be found around Here's a collection of links to mondo 2000 stuff:

mondo articles from the well (link updated : original link broken 25/09/2008 : )

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Alias Frequencies

Alias Frequencies are an Australian organization that promotes and publishes media art, with an emphasis on collage-based experimental electronic music. Their website includes information about the artists as well as excellent articles about the Sydney electronic / experimental music community and performance spaces. Artists in the collective include

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Hip Hop New Zealand

online hip hop community site in New Zealand

It's a Mud, Mud, Mud, Mud World - Exploring Online Reality

It's a Mud, Mud, Mud, Mud World
Exploring Online Reality

by Erik Davis
Originally appeared in The Village Voice, February 22, 1994

In our media-primed brains, the phrase "virtual reality" triggers off images of Robocop helmets, studded gloves, and 3D Nintendo. VR is seen as the scuba gear for the seas of simulation, a purely technological means of tricking the central nervous system into inhabiting a digitally concocted space.

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The Common Place MOO: Orality and Literacy in Virtual Reality

from Computer-Mediated Communication Magazine / Volume 1, Number 3 / July 1, 1994 / Page 7

The Common Place MOO: Orality and Literacy in Virtual Reality
by Don Langham (

In the Phaedrus, Plato has Socrates deliver what may be the earliest protest in Western history against the dehumanizing effects of "modern" technology. With the benefit of our literate perspective, it is easy to say that with his condemnation of writing, Plato establishes Socrates as the earliest Luddite. Yet, as modern critics acknowledge, writing is not without its dehumanizing qualities insofar as it encourages the isolation of the individual from community. Today, there is enthusiasm for computer-mediated communication's potential for ameliorating the divisions and isolation of print. For some rhetorical theorists, computer media promise to revitalize rhetoric by reintroducing the forgotten canons of classical rhetoric, memory and delivery. Among composition theorists, computer-mediated communication promises to move the writer out of the isolation of print into a hyptertextual network of readers and writers (Barker and Kemp, 1990). Whether or not CMC will have the democratizing, liberating effects its enthusiasts believe remains to be seen. But from the outset there is reason to believe that CMC may alter the nature of human interaction as fundamentally as writing and print have, perhaps producing a new way of "being" in the world.

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eco action & dead trees publishing website contains information on eco-tourism - places to go, squatters resources, gatherings; solidarity south pacific - information about West Papuan ecological and social issues; as well as an online publishing arm - Dead Trees Publishing which aims to produce background information for people doing direct action. The site also has Ecological Direct Action Online Magazines and publications

Nab femme

NABFEME is the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment; a non-profit professional organization dedicated to the support and empowerment of women of color in recorded music, the media and related entertainment industry fields.

NABFEME is committed to the development of support programs and the creation of alliances that will assist our members in achieving their personal and professional goals. is a platform and a network for all female hip-hop activists and intends to call females from all over the world to get in touch with each other, to exchange ideas and to support the movement. - Your participation is welcome! Just log in as a user and post dates, news, links. visit for details

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Rave Net NZ

NZ's newest online dance community


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