To me, last year’s internet — The Double Rainbow Guy, The Trololo Guy, The Evil Clown Rappers Who Hate Magnets — feels like ancient history. So this clip from “The Today Show” in 1994, where Bryant Gumbel doesn’t know what crazy things like “internet” and “@” symbol mean, is like watching the beginning of time unfold.
A few highlights:
- Katie Couric and bright orange Bryant Gumbel can’t agree on how “@” should read. Turns out the well-dressed Oompa Loompa was right.
- “What is internet anyway,” wonders Gumbel. All you need to know is that it’s coming and Hamsters will dance on it soon enough.
- “What, do you write to it, like mail?” Oh, Mr. Gumbel… of course you write to it. The internet is powered entirely by human letters.
- “Computer billboard…” (?) I remember information super highway, global eVillage and magical data supermarket, but not computer billboard. The internet would be way cooler if it was one giant poster for True Lies.