LOL, Internets

“What is the internet anyway?”

Check out this footage of Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel grappling with this impossible question on The Today Show in 1994:

  • “Internet is, uh, that massive computer network. The one that’s becoming really big now.”
  • “What do you, write to it? Like mail?”
  • “It’s like a . . . computer billboard!”
  • “It’s not a computer billboard.”
  • Meanwhile, by 1996, Wesleyan students already knew that you could use this mysterious internet thing “for its games and to listen to Bluegrass banjo music.” It’s nice being ahead of the curve.

    6 thoughts on “LOL, Internets

    1. Pingback: “Ayn Rand”: A WesCelebleying Spotlight – Wesleying

    2. Zach

      Yo Ayn Rand,

      Wesleying wants to ask you something. Leave an email or contact us at staff(at)wesleying(dot)org—you can preserve your anonymity and use whatever pseudonymous email account you’d like. Thanks.

    3. Ayn Rand

      “What is the Internet?” I prefer Senator Ted Stevens’s existential answer:
      “And again, the Internet is not something that you just dump something on. It’s not a big truck. It’s a series of tubes. And if you don’t understand, those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and it’s going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material.[

      1. Zach

        Ayn Rand:

        I love this quote. I also have something to ask you. Please contact me at zschonfeld@wes, or provide an email where I can reach you—you can preserve your anonymity and use whatever pseudonymous email account you’d like. Thanks.

      2. Zach

        Yo Ayn Rand,

        Wesleying wants to ask you something. Leave an email or contact us at staff(at)wesleying(dot)org—you can preserve your anonymity and use whatever pseudonymous email account you’d like. Thanks.

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