The 1995 Blog

1995: The year the future began

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 · 27 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 · 3 Comments

‘Cyberporn’ scare of 1995 demonstrates the early Web’s corrective power

The demotion last month of Brian Williams, the former NBC News lead anchor, was testimony, at least in part, to the power of social media to expose and debunk. The … Continue reading

July 1, 2015 · 11 Comments

Microsoft warns Netscape in prelude to the ‘browser war’ of 1995-98

Before they were locked in a death struggle known as the “browser war,” the software giant Microsoft and Web upstart Netscape made nice, at least for a while. Representatives of … Continue reading

June 20, 2015 · 20 Comments

‘The Internet Tidal Wave,’ 20 years on

Twenty years ago this week, Bill Gates sent a lengthy internal memorandum to senior staff at Microsoft Corporation, announcing an embrace of the Internet that was to help shape the … Continue reading

May 24, 2015 · 16 Comments

Saluting the unassuming wiki, 20 years after its launch

The unassuming wiki, server-based software that allows users to create, revise, edit, update, and delete Web content, last week marked the 20th anniversary of its launch online, in what was … Continue reading

March 29, 2015 · 7 Comments

Talking Internet history, and 1995

I had the pleasure recently to be interviewed by the Internet History Podcast, an outstanding and expanding online resource based on the recognition that 1995 was a turning point in … Continue reading

March 14, 2015 · 32 Comments

‘The Internet? Bah!’ Classic off-target essay appeared 20 years ago

Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the publication date of a commentary about the Internet so breathtakingly off target that it has become something of an online cult classic. The … Continue reading

February 26, 2015 · 13 Comments

Part Two: Interview takes up scandal, and ’90s ‘zeitgeist’

My interview with Nick Gillespie, editor-in-chief of┬áReason.com and Reason TV, took up the affair between President Bill Clinton and White House intern Monica Lewinsky — a furtive and improbable dalliance … Continue reading

February 22, 2015 · 11 Comments

Part One: Highlights of ‘1995’ interview with Reason.com

Nick Gillespie, editor-in-chief of Reason.com and Reason TV, recently spoke with me about my latest book, 1995: The Year the Future Began. The video and the transcript of the interview … Continue reading

February 21, 2015 · 13 Comments

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