Saturday, July 29, 2017

Robert Anton Wilson on Usenet (1995-2003)

According to trusted Robert Anton Wilson scholars (see "Robert Anton Wilson's personal tech ecosystem"), he used to post on Usenet using the pseudonym "Mark Chan". Shared in commemoration of Robert Anton Wilson Day, here is a list of links pointing to the various newsgroups he posted to. The linked pages contain direct links to his posts (sorted by year and month).

Due to Google Groups having a less than ideal search interface (which seems to change every few years), there may be additional unlisted groups where RAW posted. If you happen to find more, please let me know in the comments section.

I hope you enjoy reading RAW's unfiltered and unedited Usenet posts as much I did*. He must have had a certain amount of trickster-ish fun posting under an assumed name, especially in discussion threads about his own work. His four primary haunts are listed in bold.


newsgroup name
number of posts
7
1
2
3
1
2
3
97
1
4
41
2
1
3
1
1
55
1
1
1
1
5
1
1
2
2
6
6
1
6
1
50
3
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
2
3
1
1
1
1
5


* At the time of this writing, I haven't read every post. The views contained therein do not necessarily reflect the views of the author (me) ... but you never know.