Try — just try! — to explain to your children what the world was like before the Internet and the Web changed life. Try to explain how commentators did not get it.
What do your kids do? They look at you like… like… like I used to look at my grandparents when they would talk about electricity.
Here is another tack: illustrate it.
In this clip from 1994 Tom Brokaw visits Comdex to learn about the “internet” from “founding genius” Bill Gates. Watch the “hip” Gates adjust his glasses at precisely the least hip moment. Eric Schmidt and John Patrick are also in the clip. (Warning: The last 5 seconds contain an ad). Here is the Hulu post.