by Patch O'Furr
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Media and Fandom news.
New from “Culturally F’d”: how the 1990’s internet made a Furry phenomenon.
I highly endorse this Youtube series, which investigates everything this blog is for! Host blackbird, Arrkay, sent this.
(Arrkay:) “This week we are “Ctrl:F’d.” Culturally F’d looks at furries and the history of the internet.
The episode was later than expected for 2 reasons: 1) I was hosting a Drag Party (Howl Toronto‘s “Fierceness Party”,) where I recorded footage to feature soon where we discuss the commonalities of fursuiting and drag queens. 2) It’s our longest episode so far, and will probably be the longest of the season!
As Michael from VSauce recently pointed out, on the internet, no one know’s if you’re a dog. This meme was originally from the July 5, 1993 edition of the New Yorker. No group on the internet holds this adage more closely than furries.
MUDs, MUCKs, and early chat rooms made Furry visible in the first online communities of the 1980’s and 90’s. That happened before computers were widely accessible, and even before the mega-infrastructure of the internet was built. This aspect of the fandom grew largely from colleges and universities, equipped with online connections and computers that were still far too expensive for home-use.