In 1994, journalists on The Today Show tried to get their heads around a new fad called the internet. That'll never last, right?
If someone who had been in a coma for 30 years, or an alien from a distant planet asked you what the internet is, could you explain it to them? You'd probably be able to give it a good honest shot, but chances are your definition would differ from many others. We might all use it every day and sort of understand how it works, but it's still difficult to get your head around the exact science behind it.
One thing's for certain, we definitely understand the internet better today than we did during the mid-1990s. It's hard to believe that something society relies so heavily on today was very much in its infancy back then. How did we survive without it? Plus, wouldn't it be cool to hear how people talked about it back then when they first heard about it?
The resurfacing of a clip from a 1994 episode of The Today Show has afforded us that opportunity. You can check it out for yourselves below. Three journalists sit on a couch and try to get their heads around this new fad called the internet. More specifically what they're supposed to call the @ sign, how to read web addresses, and whether you need a phone line or not to use it.
I haven't seen this clip in years...— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) September 28, 2019
Today Show, 1994: "What is internet, anyway?" pic.twitter.com/G2YustAEbD
Our favorite part of the clip is that the guy in the middle appears to think very little of the world wide web. We like to think that a little further on into the show, or once the cameras had stopped rolling, he said something along the lines of, "sounds stupid, I give it six months." Even after being told it could be used to help people communicate with loved ones after disasters and in terrible situations to let them know they're okay, he seems relatively unphased.
Thankfully, the internet has come a long way since 1994. If you were told that the only version of the internet you could use from now on was the one we had to make do with in the mid-90s, would you even bother? We'd rather go back to having a handful of TV channels to choose from, or using a cellphone with a long antenna sticking out the top. Please, just don't take away our internet!