March 2012

Suck.com

Sarcasm, cynicism, and the thrilling early uses of the internet
People love the internet now, but back in the 1990s people were ENTHUSIASTIC about the internet. As in, "We don't know what it's good for, but it sure is awesome!" When people questioned what was so awesome about it, often as not they were pointed to suck.com.
 
From 1995 through 2001, suck.com published daily articles and comics which were as trenchant and funny as they were narrow. Why so narrow? It was an affectation even at the time, although I can assure you, it didn't look as narrow on an 800x600 monitor. And it was just the right size if you were reading it on a PDA, which was refreshing for those PDA users who often felt like a marginalized people, website-wise.