: Twenty-five years later, the Web is not just a directory of these wonderful things but also the thing itself. It isn’t a map of unpopular culture – it’s the territory.
Brings back memories of my old Usenet days... As a kid from "out in the sticks", I found my compatriots in alt.discordia/alt.slack/alt.cesium/talk.bizarre/etc...
Here is one of those old usenet items that your piece brought to mind:
A characteristic of neo-paganism is that one does not so much join it, or be converted to it, but that one recognizes it as a homesite. She finds you.
Erisianism, though designed to be facetious, is recognized and respected by many Wiccans and other neo-pagans for that very reason.
I discovered Eris by accident, looking into mythology, in high school in the 50's. A female deity based on confusion! What a perfect joke! Boy, did I learn.
Co-Author of "Principia Discordia"