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This fair was meant to showcase what the future was supposed to look like, and among its many attractions, was the Nimatron, designed by nuclear physicist Edward Condon. The Nimatron was patented, then brought to the World Fair where any of the (over…
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On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown was killed by police officers Darren Wilson. Brown was 18 years old and a resident of Ferguson, Missouri. This moment has been cited by many to be the one that propelled police departments and agencies to start buying…
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Lockup was a prison reality TV show and documentary series produced by 44 Blue Productions and that aired on MSNBC. It explored life in jail and prison facilities in the United States, and profiled notable prisoners, various violent incidents, and…
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Abu Ghraib was a US army detention center for Iraqis captured between 2003 and 2006. The torture scandal at Abu Ghraib refers to the bombshell discovery of graphic digital photos of physical and sexual abuse perpetrated by American soldiers.
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The Attica Prison Riot was an uprising by prisoners, the most famous prison uprising in the 20th century. During this event, prisoners took control of the Attica Prison Facility in protest of its harsh living conditions, where among other human…
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Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay housed America’s most dangerous felons from 1934 to 1963, including Al Capone and Richard Stroud. In 1971, Alcatraz opened itself up to tourists for a prison tourism experience by the National Park Service. Over a…
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The Big House is one of the earliest prison films that set a number of precedents in the genre, depicting deteriorating prison conditions that lead to a prison riot. It explored a number of facets about life in prison, including hierarchies,…
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I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang is an American drama film that was released in 1932 exposing the life of inmates that formed chain gangs. It was known for having elicited social interest in the brutality and widespread use of chain gangs in the…
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The Spectator, a prison newspaper published from inside Michigan State Prison was operated by and for inmates in the prison. The newspaper features many different columns and stories, such as sports and gossip, as well as political cartoons. The…
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Here is an 8-minute excerpt from a 30-minute silent film made in 1929 on the 100th anniversary of Eastern State Penitentiary’s opening. The prints of the film were given to the prison’s Board of Trustees who later distributed it, but only one copy…
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The Professional Criminals of America was published in 1886 and was a compendium of images of almost 400 criminals. The book contained mug shots, descriptions, and individual records of each criminal and was written by an inspector named Thomas…
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This forum software began as an open-source clone of commercial forum package UBB.

The software was free to use and became popular starting in 2002, when a completely rewritten and updated version 2.0 was released.
By the mid-2000s it was used…
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Prior to 1993, new users of Usenet had arrived reliably early each fall, when a new freshman class entered universities and gained access to high-speed connections and computer hardware. During the school year they would assimilate into the existing…
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The WELL (Whole Earth ‘Lectronic Link) was a project of the Whole Earth Catalog, Stewart Brand’s consumer listings magazine focused on sustainability, repair, DIY, and product reviews. Readers already communicated via the catalog’s pages, and when…
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The PLATO system, an in-house supercomputer-based computing network at the University of Illinois, was generally used for teaching and research.

A teenage student, David R. Woolley, developed an intra-PLATO communication system called “Notes” in…
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During World War I, all amateur radio operation was banned. After the war ended, service was allowed to restart on October 1, 1919.

Leon Deloy, in France, communicated with Fred Schnell, in Hartfort CT, in November 1923, after visiting America…
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The beginning of the wireless age began at the turn of the century with Marconi’s advances in telecommunications.

Because a “telegraph operation benefited from a network effect whereby the value of its business increased with the number of users…
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The “tax on knowledge,” as it was called, had been introduced in 1797 and severely restricted the public press in Britain (Starr 2005).

The long-awaited reform of this act allowed for a flourishing of the popular press, especially coupled with a…
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Coffee-houses are closely associated with the intellectual culture of the 18th-century Enlightenment, but the first one was opened during England’s Interregnum period in 1642 by an immigrant from Smyrna named Pasqua Rosee (Ellis 2004).

In the…
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At the 2019 WorldCon in Dublin, Ireland, the fanfiction forum Archive of Our Own (AO3) was presented with the Hugo Award for Best Related Work. While fan publications such as fanzines had been presented since 1955, AO3 winning the award represented…
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