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Online Newspapers, c. 1981

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 29, 2009 3 Comments

This fascinating video was linked to on a story in the Daily Kos recently. It’s a KRON (SF) news story on online newspapers from 1981, speculating on the future of newspapers if a culture of reading the news online ever took off…

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3 Responses to “Online Newspapers, c. 1981”

  1. Youki on: 30 January 2009 at 8:39 am

    “RICHARD HALLORAN – OWNS HOME COMPUTER”

    Hah that was awesome.

  2. daveski on: 30 January 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Wow, $20 to download the whole newspaper. This is interesting on so many levels…the idea that the whole newspaper would have to be downloaded as one ‘unit’, and not by article, etc….the advertising mockup of a visual browser display of the newspaper front-page long before the WWW and browsers came to be…and of course that awesome red rotary dial phone in the first few seconds of the video, wow.

    Nice to see that the cheesy rhetorical twist at the end of the story is still with us…

  3. Usree Bhattacharya on: 31 January 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Ha, I wonder if “RICHARD HALLORAN” upgraded his old system….:)

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