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information have room for improvement. However, this improvement may not be feasible. It remains to be seen exactly how long _Superguy_ will continue to exist, but prospects would seem to be good for _Superguy_ to continue for a long, long time to come. Technology Assessment: The _Superguy_ Listserver MED 355: Cable TV and New Technology November 7, 1994 In 1969, when the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) created the small computer network that would eventually grow into the Internet, no one could have guessed what it would become. From its humble beginning as a tiny military research network known as ARPAnet, the Internet has increased in volume exponentially and is now growing at an estimated rate of 15% every month (Engst & Dickson, _Explorer Kit_ 23). Along with

its size, the applications to which Internet lends itself have also grown. Formerly intended for sharing somewhat limited computer resources among researchers across the United States, the Internet is now a global communication network that supports thousands of Usenet discussion groups, Internet Relay Chat talk service, data retrieval systems such as World Wide Web(WWW), Wide Area Information Search (WAIS), and Gopher, FTP file transfer protocol, Telnet remote access to computers, electronic mail that can reach hundreds of thousands of people, and many other functions. Internet has grown from a small military network into a much larger commercial one. Many organizations and groups both large and small make extensive use of the Internet and associated services, for communication

and other purposes. One of these organizations, and the focus of this technology assessment, is the _Superguy_ Internet listserver. _Superguy_ is a distribution network that was formed in 1987 to send out humorous collaborative superhero fiction to subscribers. A similar distribution system for humorous science-fiction stories (known as SFStory) already existed, and Chris “Creeper” Wilcox felt it might be fun to create one based on superheroes (Burns, _Superguy FAQ_). The concept behind collaborative fiction such as _Superguy_ is that each writer creates a set of characters and chronicles the adventures of those characters in a series of stories. These stories are all set in the same world, so that characters in a story being written by one author may notice and react to