1994: 'What Is the Internet?'

NBC Fires Employee for Posting 'What Is the Internet' Clip


An NBC worker who posted old footage from the "Today" show of the hosts wondering, "What is the Internet anyway?" has been fired, the network confirmed, saying the person had a history of distributing material without permission.

The footage, in which Katie Couric, Bryant Gumbel and Elizabeth Vargas try to figure out the Internet and e-mail addresses, made the rounds via said Internet last week, posted and re-posted to Facebook pages and sent via e-mail.

Filmed in 1994, the clip features Gumbel demanding, with a befuddled expression: "What is the Internet anyway?" and Couric stumbling to define it as: "that massive computer network, the one that's becoming really big now."

Comment: I was using the Internet back then but it was in it's infancy. I had a Prodigy account. As I recollect we had a 9600 baud modem. Click article link for video.

1 comment:

  1. That's a great clip.

    My first experience with the internet wad as I started college in 1995...we could connect in the dorms at 14400. I communicated with my family via email - they had an AOL account they used with their 2400 baud modem.


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