AOL Chatroom screenshot

Buddhist AOL Chat room, 1997

Raw transcripts from an AOL Chat room, supposedly on Buddhism, saved to disk at 5:44pm on October 31, 1997. A few hours later, Thich Nhat Hanh held his first online chat. I was there, as well as a few others in this chat. Note that while this transcript shows an online world long gone, it is still unfortunately familiar to anyone who spends much time on Twitter…

Fantasy729: (1)any1 here?
Fantasy729: (1)hello?
Samatva: (1)hello Fan
JUPITERROX: (1)hi
Fantasy729: (1)hi
JUPITERROX: (1)nothing much going on
Fantasy729: (1)oh
Samatva: (1)nothing much ’till 8
Fantasy729: (1)dang! i’m like 4 hours early
Mamasqrrl: (1)ahhh, but we got row 1
JUPITERROX: (1)lol
Fantasy729: (1)the rows don’t matter though
Fantasy729: (1)only in MTV sigled out online
Fantasy729: (1)singled
Fantasy729: (1)not sigled
Fantasy729: (1)sorry
CAnth85246: (1)single
Mamasqrrl: (1)understood
CAnth85246: (1)no
JUPITERROX: (1)HI
CAnth85246: (1)i wish i was
Fantasy729: (1)was what?
CAnth85246: (1)understood
Fantasy729: (1)ok…….
Samatva: (1)oh, i thought you wanted to be single!
Mamasqrrl: (1)seek to understand, then to be understood
CAnth85246: (1)I just want some friends
Mamasqrrl: (1)then be one
Fantasy729: (1)good one
CAnth85246: (1)Fine I will be
WCullen425: (1)HELLO
Fantasy729: (1)hi
Samatva: (1)hello
WCullen425: (1)IS THERE ANYONE THERE
CAnth85246: (1)Hi
Fantasy729: (1)yea
CAnth85246: (1)NO
Mamasqrrl: (1)namaste W
WCullen425: (1)HOMETOWN?
CAnth85246: (1)Texas
Mamasqrrl: (1)CA
Fantasy729: (1)arizona
ENTUND: (1)is there a topic here?
WCullen425: (1)YEE HA
Fantasy729: (1)nope
ENTUND: (1)just checking
WCullen425: (1)LETS TALK FOOTBALL CHAPS
Fantasy729: (1)no
ENTUND: (1)go COWBOYS
Mamasqrrl: (1)so…happy new year everyone
Fantasy729: (1)it’s not new year yet
ENTUND: (1)well happy new year to you TOO!
WCullen425: (1)LETS TALK ABOUT THE SHAKERS
Fantasy729: (1)it’s only halloween
Mamasqrrl: (1)yes it is…today is Samhain
WCullen425: (1)CHEESEHEADS
ENTUND: (1)as opposed to the movers?
Fantasy729: (1)oh..well , i’m not buddists
Mamasqrrl: (1)Samhain/Halloween is the ancient celtic new year
WCullen425: (1)CHECK YOU OUT
CAnth85246: (1)Check what out
Mamasqrrl: (1)celts weren’t buddists either…its ok
CAnth85246: (1)What ever
WCullen425: (1)ITS THE ALL HALLO’S EVE,THE DAY THE DEad come back to life
CAnth85246: (1)Everybody knows that already
WCullen425: (1)LISTEN BUDDHA ITS HALLOWEEN DADADADAD NO MORE DAYS TO
HALLOWEEN
Mamasqrrl: (1)why are you yelling?
CAnth85246: (1)I’m no Buddha
WCullen425: (1)COS NO ONES LISTENING
Mamasqrrl: (1)we’re all buddha
CAnth85246: (1)shut up
WCullen425: (1)85246 YOU ARE A DICK
CAnth85246: (1)bite me
WCullen425: (1)YOU ARE ALSO A FUCKWIT
WCullen425: (1)TWAT
WCullen425: (1)AND FUCKFACE
Fantasy729: (1)this room sucks…..bye people
Mamasqrrl: (1)no one listening?
Mamasqrrl: (1)why listen to this? its pathetic
Mamasqrrl: (1)…
Mamasqrrl: (1)…
Mamasqrrl: (1)…
Mamasqrrl: (1)…
Mamasqrrl: (1)…
Mamasqrrl: (1)…
Mamasqrrl: (1)…
Mamasqrrl: (1)…
Mamasqrrl: (1)…
Mamasqrrl: (1)..
Mamasqrrl: (1)..
Mamasqrrl: (1)..
CAnth85246: (1)hi
Mamasqrrl: (1)namaste
CAnth85246: (1)ca
Mamasqrrl: (1)sorry…had to clean up that mess left behind…
CAnth85246: (1)thats okay
LOVE977: (1)JESUS IS LORD
CAnth85246: (1)nobody is lord
LOVE977: (1)JESUS IS THE WAY AND THE LIFE
Mamasqrrl: (1)everyone is lord
CAnth85246: (1)no he is not i run my life
PovisParki: (1)no he is not
LOVE977: (1)FOR NOW YOU MIGHT
LOVE977: (1)EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW
PovisParki: (1)the Antichrist is my Lord
CAnth85246: (1)i always will run my life
Mamasqrrl: (1)Love—please don’t scream
PovisParki: (1)Koran is my Bible
LOVE977: (1)until judgement day
CAnth85246: (1)My mind is my biblee
Mamasqrrl: (1)Koran doesn’t teach anti-christ
MrMaleblga: (1)hey every1!
PovisParki: (1)ok
CAnth85246: (1)Love get off your god trip
LOVE977: (1)NEVER
CAnth85246: (1)God is in the past
Mamasqrrl: (1)god is in all
CAnth85246: (1)not in me
Mamasqrrl: (1)and all is in the now
LOVE977: (1)I have seen the LORD with my own 2 eyes
PovisParki: (1)twas just tryin to be good in the soul my fellow apostles
CAnth85246: (1)yea I have seen elvis also
LOVE977: (1)you will see one day
LOVE977: (1)very soon
CAnth85246: (1)i hope i never do
PovisParki: (1)Brown Eyes
CAnth85246: (1)yes

CAnth85246: (1)I thought he was a girl
PovisParki: (1)rip off
CAnth85246: (1)my shirt
PovisParki: (1)polo
PovisParki: (1)marco
CAnth85246: (1)hard rock
Mamasqrrl: (1)god’s right here right now, not sitting in heaven
PovisParki: (1)polo
PovisParki: (1)marco
PovisParki: (1)polo
CAnth85246: (1)no he is sitting on hids butt
LOVE977: (1)HIS SPIRT is here
PovisParki: (1)hids
CAnth85246: (1)shut up and go away
Mamasqrrl: (1)no, god is here
LOVE977: (1)the HOLY SPIRT
CAnth85246: (1)he is not
PovisParki: (1)I love Love
CAnth85246: (1)love you to
Mamasqrrl: (1)Povis honey, go play in the corner
LOVE977: (1)The same SPIRT that raised JESUS from the dead
CAnth85246: (1)come play over here
PovisParki: (1)fuk u to hell
CAnth85246: (1)hey i am trying to be nice
LOVE977: (1)there is a hell
Mamasqrrl: (1)and back probably
PovisParki: (1)no
PovisParki: (1)just there
CAnth85246: (1)why?
PovisParki: (1)I dont no
LOVE977: (1)why what
CAnth85246: (1)why don’t you
CAnth85246: (1)povis answer me
PovisParki: (1)I luv you guys uve stuck with me through thick and thin
LOVE977: (1)JESUS LOVES each and every one here
Mamasqrrl: (1)Matthew, do you kiss your mother with that mouth?
CAnth85246: (1)shut up love
PovisParki: (1)No my Mum
LOVE977: (1)JESUS still LOVE’S YOU CA
Samatva: (1)flowers?
CAnth85246: (1)Where you form povis
CAnth85246: (1)I don;t care i don;t love
PovisParki: (1)Australia currently living in MD
LOVE977: (1)BUT HE DOES
CAnth85246: (1)Idon’t care
LOVE977: (1)one day you will
PovisParki: (1)no I wont
CAnth85246: (1)I believe in free speach not letting God run my life
PovisParki: (1)I believe in the anti-christ
LOVE977: (1)if you were to be in a plane wreck today you would shout JESUS
all the way down
Mamasqrrl: (1)Love, no one likes anything that shoved down their
throats..liten up
CAnth85246: (1)I won;t go that far I don’t believe in anything right now
PovisParki: (1)Look Im on stage
PovisParki: (1)made u look
LOVE977: (1)I am not shoveing nothing
Cookie122: (1)Hi
PovisParki: (1)go away
CAnth85246: (1)yes you are, youre shoving god
LOVE977: (1)can’t shove GOD
Samatva: (1)hi cookie
CAnth85246: (1)I agree povis
PovisParki: (1)go away samatva
LOVE977: (1)only tell you about HIM
Samatva: (1)i am away!
CAnth85246: (1)I don;t want to hear about him
PovisParki: (1)mission concluded
PovisParki: (1)anyone with tits
CAnth85246: (1)povis are you gay
LOVE977: (1)Well I want to talk about HIM
PovisParki: (1)I am god
PovisParki: (1)no
Cookie122: (1)Hi Sam
CAnth85246: (1)I am not talking to you love
PovisParki: (1)go away sam
CAnth85246: (1)go away love
PovisParki: (1)yey
LOVE977: (1)who says I am speaking to you
PovisParki: (1)me
CAnth85246: (1)yea me to
WaTtsly: (1)ii
LOVE977: (1)no your just listening
WaTtsly: (1)k[‘
PovisParki: (1)ee
CAnth85246: (1)ii
WaTtsly: (1)k8i
PovisParki: (1)wa sux
WaTtsly: (1)o8888
CAnth85246: (1)no
PovisParki: (1)go away wa
Cookie122: (1) hi
LOVE977: (1)who or what do you think made the world
CAnth85246: (1)bye
Mamasqrrl: (1)so, can anyone here carry on an inteeligent conversation about
buddhism?
CAnth85246: (1)no
PovisParki: (1)u dont belong in this religious group
Samatva: (1)i would like to Mama
CAnth85246: (1)nonono
Mamasqrrl: (1)what do you know so far?
PovisParki: (1)sam goaway
CAnth85246: (1)nothing
LOVE977: (1)religion was made by man
CAnth85246: (1)you are a man
Samatva: (1)have practiced for over 2 years
CAnth85246: (1)being a man
LOVE977: (1)yes I am
Mamasqrrl: (1)practiced buddism?
PovisParki: (1)god made manyour ade
CAnth85246: (1)yes
Samatva: (1)yes, practiced Buddhism
PovisParki: (1)and Loves a defect
CAnth85246: (1)thats true
LOVE977: (1)budda is dead in the grave
CAnth85246: (1)i wish you were
PovisParki: (1)cool Death
CAnth85246: (1)very cool
LOVE977: (1)JESUS IS cool LIFE
Mamasqrrl: (1)there is no death
PovisParki: (1)no
CAnth85246: (1)Not in my life
PovisParki: (1)I am immortal
CAnth85246: (1)Me too
LOVE977: (1)NO BUT there is a hell
XXAwArRaXx: (1)WJATS UP
PovisParki: (1)I am here to make your lives MISERY
CAnth85246: (1)LOve is crazy fo rgod
PovisParki: (1)Die Pond Scum
PovisParki: (1)Die
CAnth85246: (1)who me
PovisParki: (1)no I luv u
CAnth85246: (1)i luv you too
LOVE977: (1)I have eternal life thru JESUS
PovisParki: (1)Oh so sweet
CAnth85246: (1)thats me
LOVE977: (1)YES it is
PovisParki: (1)<3
PovisParki: (1)<3
CAnth85246: (1)no
PovisParki: (1)it
PovisParki: (1)is
PovisParki: (1)not
CAnth85246: (1)yes
PovisParki: (1)Hey lets have a group orgy
GARBEIND: (1)HAVE YOU CONSIDERED TAO?
PovisParki: (1)fun huh
CAnth85246: (1)no not my style
PovisParki: (1)cmon kids
LOVE977: (1)There is no real peace without JESUS in your heart
CAnth85246: (1)maybe
PovisParki: (1)but
PovisParki: (1)knockers
CAnth85246: (1)only 17
PovisParki: (1)14
CAnth85246: (1)to young for me
LOVE977: (1)35
PovisParki: (1)sorry
CAnth85246: (1)don’t care love
PovisParki: (1)I ll
PovisParki: (1)Change 4 u
LOVE977: (1)no wonder your just a bunch of kid’s
CAnth85246: (1)maybe when you are 4 years older
PovisParki: (1)go away
CAnth85246: (1)who me
PovisParki: (1)no
PovisParki: (1)Love
LOVE977: (1)love is every where
CAnth85246: (1)yea love go away
LOVE977: (1)love is power
LOVE977: (1)GOD is love
CAnth85246: (1)povis make her go away
PovisParki: (1)Hate will infest your minds and overcome anything
LOVE977: (1)I am a he
CAnth85246: (1)even me\
LOVE977: (1)hate will destroy you
SIXTHICK: (1)hate wont overcome me unless it is my own hate
PovisParki: (1)aah but with hate u get a free bab of goodies
CAnth85246: (1)didn;t i tell you to go away love
PovisParki: (1)bag
CAnth85246: (1)what
LOVE977: (1)JESUS LOVE’S YOU CA
CAnth85246: (1)bit me love
PovisParki: (1)lifornis
CAnth85246: (1)povis where you form
PovisParki: (1)can I bite u
LOVE977: (1)I will pray for you CA
CAnth85246: (1)yes in four years
PovisParki: (1)Australia
LOVE977: (1)then to if you want
CAnth85246: (1)Only in Texas
PovisParki: (1)anywhere I want
CAnth85246: (1)maybe
PovisParki: (1)cool bananas
CAnth85246: (1)have to go now bye povis
PovisParki: (1)can I lick u
CAnth85246: (1)when i come back
PovisParki: (1)cool
CAnth85246: (1)Bye povis!! look for me sometimes
SIXTHICK: (1)is everyone waiting on the monk?
PovisParki: (1)Ill wright my sweetheart
GroovinBug: (1)Hi all
PovisParki: (1)missu
GroovinBug: (1)How is everyone?
CAnth85246: (1)I really do have to go to work right now or i’ll be late