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A 1981 news report about the internet

Aug 12, 2013 By Abraham

“Imagine, if you will, sitting down to your morning coffee and turning on your home computer to read the day’s newspaper. Well, it’s not as far-fetched as it may seem.”…

(via E Minor)


  1. Jan says:

    “It won’t make us any money, but we won’t lose any either.” was their first wrong move. They didn’t think through how to make money when things did go all the way over to digital. This is part of why 5 or 6 media outlets own every media house in the world today.

  2. Andy says:

    Sorry, not the Internet. There was no commercial internet in 1981. They’re talking about one of the many “online services” that popped up in the 80s and early 90s. Services like Quantum Link which then turned into AOL, Compuserve, Prodigy, and GEnie to name but a few of the major players in the dial-up online service providers “back in the day”.
    I remember calling QL(Quantum Link, was exclusively for Commodore Computers)on my old C64 and being charged 8 cents per minute while being connected at 300 bps. It wasn’t until the early 1990s that some of these services began to include access to the real honest to goodness internet and even then it wasn’t automatic, you had to type in a specific command something like #INTERNET(GEnie) before it’d allow you to access the ‘net and even then it was all text based, there was no browser available for my pitiful little C64.

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