Virulent Word of Mouse

June 17, 2009

When the Internet was new and hip

Filed under: Short observations,Signposts and milestones in evolving markets — Shane Greenstein @ 3:54 pm

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.


  1. A classic!

    – a reader who once had a BITNET address.

    Comment by pll — June 17, 2009 @ 4:21 pm | Reply

  2. That video is great! I love that Brokaw pauses before saying, “CD ROM”, as if it’s a revolutionary concept. Oh, the things we take for granted.

    Comment by Eric P. — June 17, 2009 @ 4:32 pm | Reply

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