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A trip down memory lane…

Some neat videos/images/discussion on the history of learning technologies and the internet:

Scanned images of a 1962 text on how technology might influence learning

Newsweek in 1995: The Internet? Bah!: “Visionaries see a future of telecommuting workers, interactive libraries and multimedia classrooms. They speak of electronic town meetings and virtual communities. Commerce and business will shift from offices and malls to networks and modems. And the freedom of digital networks will make government more democratic.
Baloney. Do our computer pundits lack all common sense? The truth in no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher and no computer network will change the way government works.”

Early videos on the internet
– wow, 35-40 million people online? 14.4 baud modem? Awesome!

It’s interesting to look back even a decade and see what has developed. And to note that naysayers have long existed.


  1. Thanks! I needed a good laugh.

    Wonder what Cliff Stoll thinks of today’s internet?

    This is a good reminder to hedge my bets when making pronouncements about the future.

    Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at 5:28 pm | Permalink
  2. Nicola wrote:

    These are brilliant, thanks so much for posting ! Actually I think its semi-true about the computer network not changing the way the government works – at least in the UK where we still seem to be happily losing personal data all over the place, just on a slightly larger scale now – but caused by the same 30+ yr old mentality :-)

    Thursday, March 20, 2008 at 6:16 am | Permalink