The 1995 Blog

1995: The year the future began

PBS doc on OKC bombing pushes hard on vague, distant connections

To its credit, the “American Experience” documentary airing tomorrow night on PBS about the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing has little patience with extravagant and bizarre conspiracy theories that have flourished … Continue reading

February 6, 2017

The ’90s: With us still

In ways metaphoric and real, the 1990s linger, offering reference points and context for contemporary events and personalities. A telling example came at Times Square on New Year’s Eve, when … Continue reading

January 3, 2017 · 2 Comments

Colin Powell, three electoral votes, and what might have been

Colin Powell, the former U.S. secretary of state and a hero of the 1990-91 Gulf War, scored three electoral votes for president in this week’s formal election of the next … Continue reading

December 21, 2016 · 2 Comments

Clinton-Lewinsky affair hovers over presidential campaign 21 years later

I was asked at the launch last year of my latest book, 1995: The Year the Future Began, whether the Clinton-Lewinsky sex-and-lies scandal would resurface during the 2016 presidential campaign. … Continue reading

September 30, 2016 · 5 Comments

The ‘Netscape Moment,’ 21 years on

Tomorrow marks the 21st anniversary of the “Netscape Moment” of 1995, the day when a Silicon Valley startup’s eye-popping market debut illuminated the World Wide Web for millions of people … Continue reading

August 9, 2016

ESPN’s O.J. doc: Less exceptional than its rave reviews

For a five-part documentary that lasted nearly 8 hours, ESPN’s much-hyped treatment of O.J. Simpson was often short on nuance and explanatory detail. The film in the end was far … Continue reading

June 19, 2016 · 7 Comments

Beyond 1995: Accounting for the pop culture allure of the O.J. case

The week brought word that Martin Sheen plans to produce a docu-series claiming O.J. Simpson was innocent of the brutal slayings in 1994 of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, … Continue reading

April 2, 2016 · 5 Comments

Ballyhoo over FX series leads to outsize claims about O.J. case

The media ballyhoo over the FX miniseries about the O.J. Simpson murder saga of 1994-95 has been accompanied by a variety of misconceptions and exaggerated claims about the case and … Continue reading

February 23, 2016 · 9 Comments

FX miniseries on 1995 O.J. case is crassly exploitative

Last night’s second installment leaves little doubt: The 10-part FX cable miniseries about the infamous, mid-1990s O.J. Simpson double-murder case is crassly exploitative. Why else revisit a case in which … Continue reading

February 10, 2016 · 12 Comments

The 1995 ‘Trial of the Century’ is back: But so what?

When the cable miniseries meets recent history, distortion is predictable. So it is with the FX network’s much-ballyhooed dramatization of the sensational O.J. Simpson double murder case, which was tried … Continue reading

February 3, 2016 · 4 Comments

Beyond impeachment: The penalties Bill Clinton paid

Call it the long reach of the 1990s. Or of 1995. It has been fascinating, and even a bit astonishing, that Bill Clinton’s sexual transgressions, which dogged and nearly destroyed … Continue reading

January 19, 2016 · 10 Comments

Looking back at a watershed year: 1995 in blog posts

The year 1995 was a watershed in digital media, domestic terrorism, political scandal, crime and justice, and international diplomacy. Over the past 12 months, The 1995 Blog revisited the watershed … Continue reading

December 27, 2015 · 15 Comments

Remembering Alta Vista — ‘high-speed’ search for the early Web

It was the go-to search engine of the early Web, and it was launched 20 years ago today. The pioneer was Alta Vista, and its technology of using spiders to … Continue reading

December 15, 2015 · 5 Comments

Bosnian war ended at Dayton 20 years ago; U.S. ‘hubris bubble’ swelled soon after

Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the successful conclusion of U.S.-brokered peace talks near Dayton, Ohio — a remarkable negotiation that was salvaged at almost the last possible moment and … Continue reading

November 19, 2015 · 3 Comments