Wilkerson, Richard Catlett (1996). Dreams, Censorship and the new Telecommunications Act . Electric Dreams 3(2), www.dreamgate.com/dream/ed-backissues/ed3-2.htm (feb, 1996)
Dreams, Censorship and the new Telecommunications Act
By Richard Wilkerson
If you find that your service provider is blocking access to the newsgroups on dreams and dreaming, you can bypass this by :
1. Downloading one of the freely available Usenet readers via the Web, such as FREE AGENT for the PC ftp://ftp.forteninc.com/pub/free_agent/fagnet10.zip or NEWSWATCHER for Macs ftp://ftp.acns.nwu.edu/pub/newswatcher/
2. Via the Web, find an Internet site that offers public access to Usenet. There is a list of these at http://dana.ucc.nau.edu/~jwa/open-sites.html
3. Establish a PPP connection to the Internet via your commercial service or ISP provider. On AOL you will need to download the Winsock program to allow this. (Keyword: Winsock) On CompuServe they provide a CompuServe Dialer.
4. Start the Usenet reader program and point to the chosen address. You will now have the option of reading the dream newsgroups of your choice, be that alt.dreams, alt.dreams.lucid or even the scandalous alt.dreams.casteneda.
Another approach is via e-mail. In this method you will get a list of newsgroup posts to the newsgroup you selected, and a new path associated with each post. To READ a post, just send back the below commands with the path you want to read.
OR e-mail to : firstname.lastname@example.org
Port =4324 (or 4320)
Path =nntp ls *put newsgroup name here, without asterisks*
Host=pinchy.micro.umn.edu (or infopub.uqam.ca)
And here is one I haven't tired, but found in the 1996 April _Internet World_ which suggests simply using a web browser and going to http://www.w3.org/hypertext/DataSources?News/Groups/Overview.html
In the upcoming issue of Electric Dreams we will be focusing more on your rights as an individual in Cyberspace to share your dreams and other experiences.
Richard Wilkerson (Feb 1996)