On January 27, 1994, the Today Show ran a hilarious segment trying to unravel this crazy new thing called “The Internet.” A year later, however, it looks like the media had it all figured out. Check out this 1995 MTV trend piece by Kurt Loder: We got a kick out of the clunkiess of the old new media (Compuserve! Dial-up! Netscape!), but Loder also touches on hacking, internet pornography, privacy, and freedom of speech issues that still haven’t been resolved. The biggest shocker of the clip is not how much things have changed but how much they haven’t.
Oh, and also, Moby had hair?
via The Awl
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