Long before the Internet connected the planet and changed nearly everything, there was a brave and pioneering band of computer users who spent their time, money and sanity setting up their home computers and phone lines to welcome anyone who called. They called these places "Bulletin Board Systems", or BBSes. And their collections of messages, rants, thoughts and programs became the way that an entire generation learned about being online.
This 3-DVD set contains many stories of the BBS, including:
The first BBSes and their unique look on the world
The experience of being a System Operator (SysOp)
The incredible triumphs and politics of Fidonet
Underground and Hacking BBSes
ANSI Artists and the Art Scene
The BBS Industry of the 1990s
The rise of the Internet and the Internet BBS
...and much more
Director Jason Scott spent three years traveling throughout the country documenting stories of the people and events that made the BBS what it was. The resulting 250 hours of footage were edited down into multiple episodes, each dealing with one aspect of the BBS.
Ideal as either a teaching tool or a reminder of your own memories, the BBS Documentary Collection brings back this nearly-forgotten time in a way that will tell the story.. one caller at a time.
The BBS documentary web site is at http://www.bbsdocumentary.com