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MTV Explains the Internet in 1995 [Video]

It’s easy to take the kind of widespread and ubiquitous internet access we have now for granted. Back in the mid 1990s, however, the internet was just starting to get mainstream attention.

In this video clip from a 1995 MTV News segment we get an entertaining glimpse at the way popular culture was coming to terms with an emerging consumer-accessible internet. The most entertaining part by far, seeing celebrities nearly 20 years younger aside, is the warnings they issue about the dark side of cyberspace. Clearly, they hadn’t seen anything yet.

The Internet in 1995 on MTV News [via Geeks Are Sexy]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 08/23/11

Comments (12)

  1. vtzete0

    Priceless!

  2. Tyler F

    This is an amazing look back, I recently turned 18, and to see how much the internet and computers in general have changed in the past 16 years. Its hard to imagine what was before Facebook, Youtube, and Google now days. In fact, I wish someone had made a back up of the internet in 1995, that’d be an incredibly experience to browse the internet as it was in 1995.

  3. Jeremy

    Man I remember those days. 56.6kbps modems were the greatest thing at that time. If you wanted to search, yahoo was about the only thing around outside of Archie or Gopher which were more for searching college networks and libraries. I remember being amazed by HTML chatrooms where you could change text colors and add hyperlinks to the chat versus the IRC or MUDs that were popular before. Netscape was the best browser around (Microsoft has never gotten Internet Explorer right). That takes me back.

  4. xana452

    This was the year I was born, and I simply cannot believe how much the internet has expanded. It went from simple pictures like that, to now where we can see entire movies without having to move from out chairs. I would love to see a video of what it will be in ANOTHER 16 years. Take one now, look at one for predictions of the future time, then look at the video we filmed now in 2027.

  5. vtzete0

    @Taylor F, …I Wish someone had made a back up of the internet in 1995, that’d be an incredible experience to browse… that’s the best idea I’ve heard all day.

  6. Cryptic

    I remember watching those little music videos of Nine Inch Nails when I was a around 13 years old. I loved it since I didn’t have cable or anything like that and could see NIN anytime I wanted after it took an hour to load.

  7. Jason Fitzpatrick

    @Taylor F and vtzete0: You guys need to check out the Internet Archive: Wayback Machine (http://wayback.archive.org/web/) Plug in a URL and it shows you archived versions of the site from ages past. Here’s what Yahoo!’s main page looked like in 1996: http://web.archive.org/web/19961219135447/http://www9.yahoo.com/

    Another fun project you guys might want to check out is Telehack. It’s an amazingly elaborate and interesting recreation of the online experience circa 1985-1990. http://www.howtogeek.com/news/relive-the-early-days-of-the-internet-at-telehack/4956/

  8. Randolph McGhee

    My first taste of the internet came via BBSing – probably early 90s but we’d been doing things like QWK mail and Fidonet for a good while before that. Sometimes I’d rather have the internet from then than the one we have now – well, maybe not but it seemed more fun and exciting plus there were fewer idiots with idiotic opinions that don’t realize they’re idiots because they have a circle of other idiots that they get reinforcement from.

  9. Jim

    If you want a Internet time capsule check out the old Space Jam website. It hasn’t been updated since 1996, but is still up for some reason.
    http://www2.warnerbros.com/spacejam/movie/jam.htm

  10. Sesses

    Dead end technology; It will never take off.

  11. John

    1995 was the year I got my first PC with a blazing fast 14.4 modem. Before that I had a good ole Tandy with dual floppy drives and no HDD. Those were the days! The best website had cool animated GIF images. I remember writing a research paper for my 9th grade English class on black holes. I got to interview a physicist in France via email. My English teacher (and school for that matter) was very impressed.

    Sheesh, check out the spam above ^^^

  12. Bejaysus

    @Sesses, So true even the tiny user base it currently has are just going through some sort of fad!

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