The 1995 Blog

1995: The year the future began

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 · 16 Comments

Spoofing her majesty in the ‘Great Royal Phone Embarrassment’ of 1995

No prank or hoax in 1995 was more inspired or amusing than that of Pierre Brassard, a 29-year-old radio show host in Montreal. Brassard impersonated the Canadian prime minister, got … Continue reading

October 25, 2015 · 13 Comments

Much tedium, little drama in CNN rehash of Simpson trial

CNN billed its hour-long program last night about the O.J. Simpson murder trial as revisiting the “drama of the century.” It was hardly that. It was a tedious show that … Continue reading

January 14, 2015 · 14 Comments

Hype and hoopla in a watershed year: Launching Windows 95

It’s hard to think of 1995 as a turbulent or particularly troubled time. Not when Seinfeld and Friends were among the year’s most-watched TV shows. Not when Mars Inc. ran … Continue reading

August 22, 2014 · 43 Comments

What did the ’90s mean?

The National Geographic Channel’s series about the 1990s began quite poorly but became rather better during its three installments, the last of which aired Tuesday night. But in the end, … Continue reading

July 9, 2014 · 10 Comments

The ’90s deserve better

The 1990s deserve better. Deserve better than the erratic, schlocky, and often-trivial episode that the National Geographic Channel served up last night, in the first of three installments of a … Continue reading

July 7, 2014 · 38 Comments

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