What is the Internet? (from Today Show ’94)

In hindsight this is a funny video. Back in the early days of the Internet, the folks at the Today Show were trying to figure out – outloud – exactly what it was. Brian Gumbel exclaims, “What is the Internet” during their conversation about the @ sign and how to pronounce it. But the hosts seem confused about what exactly the Internet is and they rely on a producer out of camera sight to try and explain it to them. You’ll be glad to know that since then, all three former hosts now know what the Internet is and all of them even use it.

What is the Internet – From 1994 Today Show


1994: "Today": "What is the Internet, Anyway?"

Some confusion is obvious on the set of NBC's "Today" show, regarding the Internet and the @-sign. This is reportedly footage from between segments that was not originally aired, and apparently dates to January 1994, around the time of the Northridge earthquake (that occurred literally five minutes from where I'm sitting, and which I remember very well indeed).

Both the video and audio of this clip were in terrible shape when I received it recently -- I've cleaned up both as much as possible, though the quality (especially hue distortion) still definitely isn't anything to write home about.

Don't laugh too hard at Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric. It's easy to forget how relatively recent a phenomenon the Internet is for most persons who use it today!

[11/12/13: Comments on this video have been temporarily disabled due to issues related to the recent Google+ comments integration. I hope to restore them in the future. Thanks for your understanding.]

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