The Most Wildly Inaccurate Prediction about the Internet, c. 1993


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In 1993, an early Internet user named John Allen explained that the Internet was and would continue to be a place of remarkable civility and courtesy. Warning: text displayed during the video is NSFW.

I began using the Internet in 1995, so I can only assume that this genteel atmosphere that Allen spoke of collapsed in just two years.

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@Splint - I believe so. It certainly fits the totalitarian nature of the government in that book. Not being able to hide your identity would certainly make the net more civil. Or not - http://www.pwsnt.com/ is a nice sample of people who have no problem linking their true names to horrible, willful ignorance and vitriol.
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As another poster remarked, the culture of the Internet was different in 1993 than it is today. For instance there was once a thing called Netiquette, a common courtesy extended in conversation but also in the way Internet resources were used. This has gone by the wayside long ago. I suppose to put it bluntly, most Internet users in those days were educated, intelligent people who saw an opportunity to do one thing, communicate.
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Webtv.
Damn, I was on usenet when they started selling webtv.
"HOW MANY TEEF YOU THINK I HAV?"
Then some of them found the capslock key and the internet became civilized (I wish).
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