The 1995 Blog

1995: The year the future began

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 · 3 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

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

The 15 ‘most influential’ Web sites? A third of them date to 1995

Sure, lists about the “most important this” or the “most fun that” tend to be inane. And eye-rolling in their contrivance. But Time magazine’s recent compilation of the “15 most … Continue reading

October 24, 2017 · 5 Comments

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 · 7 Comments

Messaging, sequencing a puzzle as CNN launches ’90s series

It’s certainly commendable that the 1990s — a decade Americans too often treat casually or dismissively — is receiving extended attention from CNN, in a seven-part documentary series that premieres … Continue reading

July 9, 2017 · 3 Comments

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 · 5 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 · 4 Comments

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