The 1995 Blog

1995: The year the future began

Memorable moment in an exceptional year: The Netscape IPO of 1995

The year 1995 was filled with decisive turns and memorable developments; among them, the “Netscape Moment” of 25 years ago. It was an eye-popping moment in an exceptional year. On … Continue reading

August 7, 2020 · 1 Comment

Recalling Bill Gates’ ‘Internet Tidal Wave’ memo, seminal document of the unfolding digital age

Twenty-five years ago tomorrow, Bill Gates sent a lengthy internal memorandum to senior staff at Microsoft Corporation, declaring the internet “a tidal wave” that “changes the rules.” It was a … Continue reading

May 25, 2020

With us still: 1995, 25 years on

Twenty-five years have passed since the dawning of 1995 and the year’s enduring significance is more apparent than ever. Nineteen-ninety-five was a decisive time defined by watershed moments in new … Continue reading

December 31, 2019 · 4 Comments

The 1995 Blog turns five: A look back at five top posts

The 1995 Blog was launched five years ago today, in the run-up to publication of my book, 1995: The Year the Future Began. The blog has served to promote the … Continue reading

July 1, 2019 · 3 Comments

Checking out ‘Captain Marvel’s over-the-top, 1995-throwback Web site

Anyone familiar with the clunky early Web, vintage 1995, will be surely amused by the retro design features Marvel Studios has built into its site promoting the forthcoming Captain Marvel … Continue reading

February 13, 2019

When the Web was new: Remembering Netscape, its contributions, its fall

In late November 20 years ago, the end was at hand for the early Web’s most intriguing, flamboyant, and influential startup company — the one with the name that was … Continue reading

November 30, 2018 · 7 Comments

Why a ‘Clueless’ remake would be a terrible idea

First came news that an adaptation of the 1995 teen classic Clueless is to open in December as an off-Broadway musical. Now word is that a remake is being contemplated … Continue reading

October 27, 2018 · 2 Comments

Rambling nostalgia: WETA’s ‘Washington in the ’90s’ documentary

A flaw common to documentary treatments of the 1990s (or of any decade, really) lies in the failure to address fundamental yet vital questions such as: “What’s the point?” “What … Continue reading

July 15, 2018 · 1 Comment

Apologize to Monica Lewinsky? Would it matter?

Speculation arises from time to time about whether former President Bill Clinton should apologize to Monica Lewinsky for their affair at the White House that began during the government shutdown … Continue reading

May 29, 2018 · 7 Comments

Re-reading Clifford Stoll’s 1995 Internet predictions: Bah!

Clifford Stoll’s 1995 newsmagazine critique of the emergent Internet is a digital classic, an off-target artifact that is constantly being rediscovered, and scoffed at, online. Few essays published in 1995 … Continue reading

February 28, 2018 · 1 Comment

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