September 25, 2002
a riot of my own

Forget sms riots, here's an account of an email riot. Crazy ivy league kids. "By the time a Wesleyan network administrator returned to work 14 hours later and shut down the list, as many as 300,000 more e-mails than usual had passed through Wesleyan's servers.... The philosopher Hobbes had been evoked. Dorm furniture had been sold to the highest bidder. Allen Ginsberg's poetry had been spread. And tacos had been requested from Alex."

Posted by dbrown at September 25, 2002 12:13 PM

Brilliant. I love this post. Like a little desert island, Lord of the Flies, accidental experiment in the public sphere.

What if instead of Denial of Service attacks, some clever hacker made a random community virus which really messed with the routing of packets of mail...?

Posted by: tmonkey on September 25, 2002 11:21 PM
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