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The Date Was 1996 And The Giant Maw of the Internet Was Opening In Front of Fandom
The Date: 1996
The Place: Mountain Media convention, a small slash friendly convention held in Colorado
The Panel:  "Paranoia, and The Net: Good or Bad for Fandom?

Conventions that held similar panels were
Mediawest 1994: Will the widespread use of computer networks have a negative effect on fandom? (The panel was believed to be popular enough to hold it 3 different times over the weekend)
Escapade 1996: The Internet. Will it eat your brain? Or  will it take you to the poor house? (at the time the cost of a computer + metered online access made the Net a pricey proposition)
Escapade 1997: NetFic vs Print Fic (panel discussed in the convention reports)
Escapade 1998: Crossing The Line (how to find print fan fic if you are a net fan, and vice versa)
Escapade 1999: Does print fandom have a future?
Eclecticon 1999: Fandom and the Internet, Writing and the Internet, Internet: Getting Connected

Helpful pages on Fanlore
Fandom and the Net
Slash and the Arrival of the Internet
Zines and the Internet
The first 10 issues of the KS Press (1996-1997) had many discussions of the impact of the Internet on fandom (ex: "DON’T POST YOUR STORIES ON THE INTERNET. Because zines will disappear. Posting your stories on the internet will eventually destroy K/S fandom.")
FanFiction on the Net (a listing of fan sites from 1996-1999)

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catalenamara From: catalenamara Date: February 27th, 2014 01:38 am (UTC) (Link)
My favorite story from a late 1990s ZCon was when the mod related how a new net fan asked why older fans didn't just put up their work online. The mod had replied: "Typewriters".

I had a different, though equally problematic story.

A. I had a PC in 1984, and a lot of my fic WAS on diskette.
BUT: A lot of them were in WordStar.
NOT a problem. I had Word Perfect and it could translate WordStar files.

2. The fic was on 5 1/4" floppy diskette.
NOT a problem. I still had a computer with a floppy diskette drive, and could copy them onto 3 1/2" diskettes.

3. BIG problem. The fic on the diskettes had been typed on a computer using the CPM operating system, not DOS, and I no longer had the capability of translating CPM to DOS.

Hence, many years later, scanning.
morgandawn From: morgandawn Date: February 27th, 2014 01:50 am (UTC) (Link)
paper is still, in my mind, king. If there is something I really want to keep, I put it on paper.

If I had soft metal tablets, I'd be using them.
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