Today in Media History: What was the Web and online news like 20 years ago?

Twenty years ago today, on January 8, 1995, the Baltimore Sun reprinted a Dallas Morning News story about the Web. It was called, “What’s floating in cyberspace? Just about everything.”

Here is an excerpt:

“Call it the Year of the ‘Net, the turning point where everyone with anything to say, sing or display raced to stake a claim in cyberspace.

….True, only a few million Americans are currently using their computers and modems to get on-line. But from all the hype, that was hard to remember.

Deals were announced daily. Record companies, movie studios, book publishers and television networks couldn’t get on-line fast enough. By the end of the year, all three major television networks had extensive offerings on at least one of the three major on-line services, America Online, CompuServe and Prodigy.

….Even the on-line services began to look suspiciously like fledgling TV networks. On Election Night, all three major services offered their own coverage.

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from Poynter. http://ift.tt/145ov4L



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