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WATCH: A 1981 News Report About Rise of the Internet

Zachary Slobig

So much packed into the nugget of a time capsule. "Imagine sitting down to your morning coffee, turning on your home computer to read the day's newspaper," the anchor opens. "It's not as far-fetched as it sounds." Take a peek inside the newsrooms of the SF Chronicle and (the now defunct) SF Examiner to see how they thought about this thing called the Internet. At that time there were only 2,000-3,000 "home computer users" in the Bay Area. My, my, how times have swiftly changed.

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  • Adele Peters

    This is great. I love the quote from the Examiner saying they weren't in it to make money, and the fact that the early adopter they interviewed (Richard Halloran: Owns Home Computer) looked to be in his 60s or 70s. So much for the stereotype of older generations resisting new tech.