A Peek Into demo’s History

By Stuart Oakes

Internet archaeologists (IA) have discovered a missing link in the history of the famously well-respected and mythically lush University of Toronto student publication demo.

Earlier today, IA students stumbled upon demoharthouse.blogspot.ca/ during an excavation in the Search Facebook region. The blogspot is an earlier iteration of the demo website that appears to have operated between 2006 A.D. (just two years after demo‘s creation) and 2012 A.D. (when the modern website was launched). The discovery includes several killer-looking playlists as well as what is believed to be demo‘s first ever online post: a call for writers posted on November 7, 2006 at 8:50AM. The website also links to a couple Mediafire web pages where old issues of demo may have been stored.


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demo‘s first ever online post?

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The long-lost demo Issue 7 appears to have been stored here.

The find represents a stunning breakthrough and is being lauded across the demo community. Current masthead members in particular could not contain their excitement. Co Editor-in-Chief Melissa Vincent is quoted as saying “WHOA!!” when informed of the find. Design Editor Yasmine El Sanyoura and Print Editor Ayla Shiblaq had similar responses, saying “OMG!!!” and “Omg,” respectively.

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Other responses from the community suggest that a similar reaction is occurring all around campus.

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The blogspot is just the latest discovery in an ongoing effort to chronicle demo‘s history, much of which has been lost to time. What hasn’t been lost is currently on display on the Staff Page. Entry is free for both students and the general public.


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