This year marks many great movie anniversaries, and this week everyone celebrates The Blair witch project. Vice collected a complete oral history from the way the experimental film has become one of the greatest horror movies of all time. You can read the 1999 critical reviews of Roger Ebert, The New York Timesand The Washington Post online plus one CNN article confirming that the three stars were not really dead. You can also check a start AV Club interview with co-directors Dan Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez, who agree that "the best way to see this film is to know as little as possible" – if you still have not seen it in 2019, you should probably links to go.
Whatever the case may be, read on to find news from 1999 that is mostly Internet-based, including a timely reminder of Prince.
"Use the computer, do not let the computer use you"
Prince had a legally complicated relationship with Internet, the declarant "completely finished" in 2010. Many of his comments were about the ownership and distribution of music. But the speech at the 1999 awards ceremony is both stranger and more widely prophetic. As wired marks, Prince Presented "Online Pioneer" Award at Public Enemy at Yahoo! Online Music Awards, which seems to have run during three years. His advice to the public?
One thing I wanted to say is, do not be fooled by the internet. It's cool to have the computer, but do not let it take you. It's cool to use the computer, do not let the computer use you. You did see The matrix. There is a war going on. The battlefield is in the spirit. And the price, it is the soul. So be careful. Be very careful. Thank you.
wired was not sure how to literally take Prince Matrix reference here, and frankly, me neither.
Rise and fall of the free PC
Throughout 1999, companies tried to create free computers – and sometimes Internet access -. The thrust started in February, when a California company called Free-PC offered Compaq computers fully funded by advertising and an Internet service. It seemed like a good deal, but the compromises should be familiar to anyone in 2019:
Free-PC.com indicates that Presario computers will address the first 10,000 people to hand in their consumer records, including their age, income, family status, hobbies, and shopping habits.
Once their computers are turned on and on, recipients will have to reinforce the ads that will appear, whether online or offline. The ads will be stored on the hard drive provided with the PC and displayed on the side of the screen.
The price of this "free" PC does not stop there. The company will monitor how the computer is used, by controlling the ads that the user clicks on, as well as the location of the users and their purchases, on the Web.
A few months later, AOL and Prodigy announced a more conservative deal with low-end PC maker eMachines, subsidize a cheap computer at $ 400 for long-term subscribers. None of these initiatives lasted. eMachines has acquired Free-PC and discontinued the gift pattern in November – but, room journalist Mark Gimein arguedIt was not until the whole project drove home PC sales at unsustainable prices. (eMachines was acquired by Gateway, then Acer, and the name was kept until 2013.)
So what happened specifically this week? Well, the future of eMachines was promising and The Wall Street Journal wrote Trigem, their supplier based in Korea. Trigem would be unfortunately file the balance sheet a decade later.
"Get rid of Jar Jar Binks, it's terrible"
George Lucas revealed earlier this year that his favorite Star Wars Jar Jar Binks – the embossed cartoon character very hated and possible secret Lord Sith. So why do so many people hate it? In one BBC interview a few months after Star Wars: The Phantom Menace release, Lucas blamed Internet:
"The American press uses the Internet as a source for everything, when people create websites saying," Let's get rid of Jar Jar Binks, it's terrible "and some critics described him as a comic sidekick, they came in and started calling. the racist film ".
Stories about Jar Jar did mention both racism – arguing that he was a clownster stereotype of a Jamaican – and his internet hate-fandom. Lucas said that there was simply a group of fans who "want the films to be tough like Terminator, and they get angry a lot and give their opinion on everything that has a connection with it. childhood". This is not necessarily wrong … but the story still has not judged Jar Jar kindly.
VoyeurDorm.com vs Tampa
Would you pay $ 34 a month to watch half a dozen female students live together in a Florida home with webcams absolutely everywhere? If so, I'm sorry, because of the softcore website adult entertainment site Voyeur Dorm You have been down for several years. But in July 1999, the city of Tampa was struggling to stay online.
Fundamentally, Tampa officials discussed that the house was equivalent to a strip club, which meant that they could close it under zoning regulations. The company behind Voyeur Dorm then argued that this comparison made no sense and accused the city council of "totally ignorant of the Internet". She ended up taking her to court, set a precedent to regulate online businesses – The New York Times wrote that he "suggested that the Internet is a place that, in some cases, may be out of the reach of local government regulators".
Jurassic Park, New Zealand Bird Edition
"De-extinction" – or risen extinct animals through biotechnology – You have worked in rare and limited cases. Today, it is a potentially viable means preserve the species which are disappearing at an alarming rate. Unfortunately, this was not an option for the New Zealand bird huia in 1999.
The last huia were seen in the early 1900s. Then a group of New Zealand students was inspired by Jurassic Park explore the cloning of the animal, and CNN wrote That they have gotten downstream from ethicists and Maori representatives who have decided to "go back to extinction by cloning a bird huia" should begin immediately. "A group called Cyberuni.org would be supposed to provide funds, but the project seems to have never come to fruition – a story of 2006 concluded Museum specimens could not provide a sufficient DNA sample to begin.