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

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

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

Prediction of the year, 1995: Internet ‘will soon go spectacularly supernova’

The Internet’s emergence into mainstream consciousness in 1995 was met no small amount of skepticism and eye-rolling. It was all overhyped, critics said. A distraction. Notable among the skeptics was … Continue reading

December 3, 2015 · 9 Comments

Exoplanet discovery a memorable first in 1995

That 1995 was a watershed year is quite clear. It was the year the Internet and World Wide Web began entering the mainstream. It was the year of the Oklahoma … Continue reading

October 5, 2015 · 1 Comment

DNA: The enduring legacy of the 1995 O.J. trial

Twenty years after O.J. Simpson’s acquittal in an extraordinary murder trial that stretched for months across the watershed year 1995, the legacies of the case are still contested. The vivid … Continue reading

October 3, 2015 · 18 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

Contrived ballyhoo: Recalling Microsoft’s rollout of Windows 95

No prominent event of 1995 — a watershed year in ways serious and significant — was more hyped or contrived than Microsoft’s official release of the Windows 95 computer operating … Continue reading

August 19, 2015 · 2 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

Predator drone down — over Bosnia, 20 years ago

That 1995 was a year of multiple watersheds is beyond dispute. As I discuss in my latest book, 1995: The Year the Future Began, it was the year the Internet … Continue reading

August 12, 2015 · 7 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