MindVox FC (First Cataclysm)
The Whole Entire Story in its Complete Totality
by Tomwhore (Tom Higgins)
art by Voidmstr (Dennis Wilen)
"There's a shadow just behind me, shrouding every step I take,
making every promise empty, pointing every finger at me; why can't we not be
sober... I just want to start this over."
(1999 Earth Time)
A BBS created in the early 90's by two ex-hackers (Dead Lord and Lord Digital).
It's public birth was announced by an article called Voices In My Head -- MindVox
The Overture penned by Patrick Kroupa, aka Lord Digital. This article spread
across the net and ink, spreading from local BBS's to glossy mainstream magazines.
MindVox became the first New York City ISP and one of the early media darlings
of the internet. Famous memebers included Billy Idol, Kennedy, Charles Platt,
but more importantly the hype of MindVox drew a vocal user base. A book by JC
Herz called Surfing the Internet focused on the denizens of the MindVox user
Voices In My Head set the stage for MindVox's rise. The BBS shifted from hacker
hobby board to a free form threaded thoughtscape. It's user base spent large
chunks of their day on MindVox contemplating life, the universe and where to
go get drunk. Across the country several groups of Voxxers would routinely meet
up to extend the virtual thoughtscape out into the real world. By 1994 MindVox
and its users were regularly reported on in various media for their exploits.
So what happened to MindVox? In short its customers happened. Under the strain
of pleasing a paying customer base, watching a hobby turn into an industry and
simply getting caught up in its own hype, MindVox tumbled into a soap opera
nose dive of sex, drugs and mismanagement.
There is still an IRC channel (EFnet #mindvox) that bears its name, but little
or nothing of MindVox's spark remains there. Many of its memebers have gone
on to infest the Net with their works.
(All typographical errors, innovative usage of grammar and creative
are Copyright © 1999, Tom Higgins. Plus, also and ® and possibly