The 1995 Blog

1995: The year the future began

Recalling the quaint early struggles to describe the Web

With considerable uncertainty and obvious tentativeness, news outlets 20 years ago struggled to describe the then-new phenomenon of the World Wide Web. Their tentativeness seems quaint nowadays, and a bit … Continue reading

January 18, 2015 · 24 Comments

O.J. and DNA: Applying the ‘Page 99 Test’ to ‘1995’

The “Page 99 Test” holds that the contents of page 99 offer revealing insight about the rest of the book. It is an intriguing if serendipitous approach to assessing quality, … Continue reading

January 16, 2015 · 5 Comments

Lewinsky’s essay was solid: But award-winning?

It was no small surprise that Monica Lewinsky today was named a finalist for a National Magazine Award, for her lengthy Vanity Fair essay lamenting the lasting notoriety of her … Continue reading

January 15, 2015 · 9 Comments

Much tedium, little drama in CNN rehash of Simpson trial

CNN billed its hour-long program last night about the O.J. Simpson murder trial as revisiting the “drama of the century.” It was hardly that. It was a tedious show that … Continue reading

January 14, 2015 · 14 Comments

What ‘Time’ forgot in its look back to 1995

“Does 1995 feel like just yesterday or a lifetime ago?” Time magazine asked in a recent writeup online that offered a puzzling look back at 1995. Puzzling for what Time … Continue reading

January 10, 2015 · 8 Comments

‘1995 was watershed moment,’ says Intel CEO

The year “1995 was a watershed moment in consumer technology,” the CEO of Intel Corporation, Brian M. Krzanich, declared the other day in the keynote speech to the Consumer Electronics Show … Continue reading

January 8, 2015 · 21 Comments

Going ‘Majic’ for a brisk discussion about 1995

I went on the “Morning Show” today on WMJI (Majic 105.7 FM) in Cleveland for what was a brisk, lively, and engaging discussion about my recently released new book, 1995: … Continue reading

January 5, 2015 · 8 Comments

Watershed status of 1995 explored in book rollout at Newseum

Why 1995 merits recognition as a watershed was a central discussion point yesterday at the rollout of my new book, 1995: The Year the Future Began. The reasons for the … Continue reading

January 4, 2015 · 16 Comments

Media fail: A 1995 subtext that’s familiar today

Nineteen ninety-five was the year the Internet and World Wide Web entered the mainstream consciousness. It was the year of the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in the United States. … Continue reading

January 3, 2015 · 37 Comments

Rolling out 1995

I’ll be rolling out 1995: The Year the Future Began at an “Inside Media” program tomorrow afternoon at the Newseum, the $450 million museum of news on Pennsylvania Avenue in … Continue reading

January 2, 2015 · 28 Comments