“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.