The 1995 Blog

1995: The year the future began

CNN series gives kitchen-sink treatment to the ’90s

Call it the kitchen-sink approach to documentary-making. That’s an effective summation of the seven-part, eight-hour CNN series, “The Nineties,” which wrapped up last night with a jumbled look at the … Continue reading

August 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

22 years after, ‘Newsweek’ takes red pen to flawed Internet column

It’s been 22 years since Newsweek magazine published one of the most astonishingly off-target commentaries about the Internet and the early Web. The commentary was so strikingly wrong-headed that it … Continue reading

March 13, 2017 · 2 Comments

PBS doc on OKC bombing signals anew the significance of 1995

PBS on Tuesday is to air an “American Experience” documentary about the deadliest episode of home-grown terrorism in U.S. history, the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995. The program revisits a … Continue reading

February 4, 2017 · 3 Comments

The ‘Netscape Moment,’ 21 years on

Today 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 · 1 Comment

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 · 9 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 · 21 Comments

Christmas and cyberspace, 1995: Toe-dipping online

The Internet and World Wide Web entered mainstream consciousness in 1995 — more tentatively than in a rush. News reports at Christmas that year suggested as much: It was a … Continue reading

December 24, 2015 · 1 Comment

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

Defying critics to publish the Unabomber ‘Manifesto’

It may not have been courageous necessarily, but the joint decision by the Washington Post and New York Times 20 years ago to publish the Unabomber “Manifesto” certainly cut against the … Continue reading

September 18, 2015 · 4 Comments

Once-dominant and much-loathed, IE turns 20

Internet Explorer, the buggy, disliked, yet once-dominant Web browser, this weekend reaches the 20th anniversary of its initial release. It’s an important occasion in Internet history that probably will go … Continue reading

August 15, 2015 · 1 Comment

Dilemma on the Merc’s front page: Lead with Netscape? Jerry Garcia death?

As a postscript to the recent coverage revisiting Netscape’s eye-popping IPO of August 1995, it’s worth recalling how the leading newspaper of Silicon Valley carried the news — and what … Continue reading

August 11, 2015 · 3 Comments

The ‘Netscape Moment,’ 20 years on

We’re in the runup to the 20th anniversary of the “Netscape Moment” of 1995, the day when a California startup’s eye-popping market debut illuminated the World Wide Web for millions … Continue reading

August 2, 2015 · 14 Comments

20 years after its launch, Amazon showing an unlikable side

Twenty years after it opened for business online, Amazon.com is showing a meaner side that has become pretty obvious. The world’s largest online retailer delivers an enormous variety of products … Continue reading

July 14, 2015 · 18 Comments

1995 as tipping point: Recalling Smith Corona’s bankruptcy

Even as 1995 unfolded, it became clear that the year would be regarded as a hinge moment, as an important transitory time near the end of the millennium. As I … Continue reading

July 5, 2015 · 2 Comments