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VIDEO: Watch a 1994 Bryant Gumbel Struggle to Understand the Internet

What were you doing in January of 1994? Crawling out of the Northridge earthquake rubble? Telling John Bobbit jokes? Watching VHS footage of Nancy Kerrigan going, “Whyyyy?” Well, if you were Bryant Gumbel, you were loafing around on the Today Show couch, struggling with how to pronounce this weird-looking thing: @. (Here’s a hint, Katie Couric: “About” is not correct.) And besides, he wants to know, “What is the internet, anyway?” There’s something comforting in watching Gumbel proudly broadcast his ignorance of the technology that will ultimately render him obsolete. Great journalism, professional journalists! You’re just like cavemen discovering fire, except these cavemen are like, “I don’t get the big deal. So it just kinda crackles there?” The only person in that studio who seems to know anything about anything is the woman to his left, in the hideous belted power-tunic. Good thing they replaced her with Ann Curry! Wouldn’t want to disturb the durrrrr harmony.

[via Warming Glow]

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I was in the 7th month in my mothers womb. Thats what I was doing on January 1994.
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Remember BBS? :P
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I think these were the days when my 6 year old brain was simply satisfied by blasting through my encyclopedias, atlases, and erm...the dictionary??? I had this thick kiddie version that someone bought me, and I just loved it. I wonder if kids read at all these days with the possibilities of the internet readily available to them.
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lol funny stuff
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I was being born!!!
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Oh, remember when "I couldn''t do my homework because my dad wouldn't let me use the phoneline for the internet" or "I could't do it because the internet connection kept going dead" where actual excuses that teachers accepted? The good old days... Thanks, now I'm stuck in reverie mode all morning :P
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Omg, this is terrible! How did life exist before the internet anyway? What did people do if they wanted to look something up? ;) I was 9 yo in 1994, and when we got internet on our computer at home, I was looking wide-eyed at it thinking of all the possibilities... Guess kids do adapt better than adults ;)
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