Boing Boings Mark Frauenfelder On Mtv with Billy Idol In 1993

A fascinating look back on what technology was like in 1994 and how easy it was to fool people into thinking you were cutting edge.  The truth was Idol had barely read any of the books his bragging about and needed to refer to a list of written instructions to get online and hunt peck message out to people.  The project was a total failure and unfortunately many of the people who worked with Idol took heat for commercializing cyber culture. Still fascinating to look back on for example people hadn’t even really figured out how to pronounce e-mail addresses yet. Up until this point everyone online knew what they were doing so saying “dot com” was just redundant, everyone knew the dot was there why pronounce it.

 


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