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Katie Couric: 1994-Can You Explain What Internet Is? (Video)
Gawker TV ^ | February 4, 2011 | Staff

Posted on 02/04/2011 12:21:11 PM PST by lbryce

Katie Couric:Can You Explain What Internet Is? (Video)

Here's a recently re-discovered oldie—and goodie!—to show how far technology has come in the last two decades. Watch this Today Show clip from 1994, featuring Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel's complete confusion about what, exactly, the Internet is.

(Excerpt) Read more at tv.gawker.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: katiecouric; katietheclown; moron; nbctoday; perkypig
It's shocking to say the least, that someone of Katie Couric's stature, co-host one of the most popular shows on TV, appearing so appallingly vapid, clueless about this compelling new cultural phenomena. The internet had been growing steadily and in 1994 had made considerable inroads into society, culture.

It's not like she was some sheltered housewife, raising a family in Middle America, not privy to the latest cultural phenomena. Someone of Kouric's stature, working for a media giant with exposure to the latest happenings should not have been caught so unaware, appear so appalling ignorant, having symptoms of some neurological meltdown regarding this new-fangled device that was the internets.

It just goes to show how you don't an IQ more than that of a baked potato to be a star in the news, entertainment industry. Just look at Dan Rather.

1 posted on 02/04/2011 12:21:20 PM PST by lbryce
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To: lbryce

Yeah, but she thinks she’s a lot smarter than Sarah Palin.


2 posted on 02/04/2011 12:28:57 PM PST by no_go_lie
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To: lbryce

In her defense, not a lot of people knew about Internet back then...except Algore.


3 posted on 02/04/2011 12:29:13 PM PST by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: lbryce
NBC Fires The Guy Who Posted The "What Is The Internet" Video Of Katie Couric And Bryant Gumbel


4 posted on 02/04/2011 12:31:46 PM PST by blam
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To: lbryce
I remember my first reaction to the web. "What the heck are all these blue underlined words? Man, this stuff is boring."

Then along came the dreaded animated gif and all you'd see on a page is a bunch of blue underlined text and crap like this .....

My, how things have changed.

5 posted on 02/04/2011 12:33:19 PM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: lbryce
24: The Unaired 1994 Pilot
6 posted on 02/04/2011 12:34:27 PM PST by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: Carpe Cerevisi
"In her defense, not a lot of people knew about Internet back then...except Algore."

Indeed. I'm no defender of Katie, but in 1994, this would have been a fair question to be asked on a news/talk show. At that time it was something a lot of people were starting to hear about, but most people in the public at large didn't really understand.

7 posted on 02/04/2011 12:35:17 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: al_c

Yeh and remember all the ads popping up. I remember selling stocks on the net in 1994.


8 posted on 02/04/2011 12:35:20 PM PST by jimpick
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To: jimpick

I had a 286 with a math coprocessor chip and a turbo switch. Got me to 2 mega hertz.


9 posted on 02/04/2011 12:37:23 PM PST by jimpick
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To: lbryce

I am no Katie Couric fan either, but I think I got my first internet connection about 1994; a dial-up that took forever by today’s standars. Now I have a 3G wireless, but I still don’t understand the significance of “@” - I just use it.

Sometimes I feel like the Geico Caveman.


10 posted on 02/04/2011 12:42:31 PM PST by ixtl (You live and learn; or you don't live long.)
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To: lbryce

Who knew, all those years ago, that “Vapid” was a career choice.


11 posted on 02/04/2011 12:42:52 PM PST by RobinOfKingston (An election is not a (national) suicide pact.)
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To: lbryce

Some guy named Al Gore invented it Katie! Ask him. Sheesh!


12 posted on 02/04/2011 12:46:51 PM PST by albie
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To: Joe 6-pack

Agree with that statement.

In ‘94 it was a brand new venue and Americans weren’t really sure what to make of it.


13 posted on 02/04/2011 12:51:16 PM PST by primeval patriot
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To: blam

Thanks very much for posting the link. It provides interesting detail to the story I’m glad I got to read about it, specifically that the comment by Kouric was made off the air.


14 posted on 02/04/2011 12:52:46 PM PST by lbryce
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To: Joe 6-pack; ixtl

Please see comment #4. It’s a link to interesting revelations about the incident, specifically, that the conversation took place off the air.


15 posted on 02/04/2011 12:59:53 PM PST by lbryce
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To: lbryce

Forgive my ignorance, but what is a “Couric”?


16 posted on 02/04/2011 1:00:57 PM PST by Paisan
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To: lbryce

Back in 1994, everybody was orange.


17 posted on 02/04/2011 1:01:04 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: ixtl
but I still don’t understand the significance of “@” - I just use it.

Your kidding?... it mean "at" so your saying (someone) @ (this web adress) think of it like a phone number with an extention just in reverse order 555 1212 (the main number) ex 111 (your extention at "@" that main number)

18 posted on 02/04/2011 1:02:08 PM PST by tophat9000 (.............................. BP + BO = BS ...........................Formula for a disaster...)
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To: al_c
I remember my first reaction to the web. "What the heck are all these blue underlined words? Man, this stuff is boring."

I got on in '96 with a 2nd hand Mac IIci, a 33.6 modem and Mosaic.

My first reaction as a lifelong bookworm and information junkie was "Oh My God!"

Went online for the first time on a Friday night and spent 12 solid hours exploring.

19 posted on 02/04/2011 1:04:16 PM PST by primeval patriot
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To: Carpe Cerevisi

“In her defense, not a lot of people knew about Internet back then...except Algore.”
Back in the early 80’s, at IBM, we had a network called the Internet. We used it to TP batch job output to other IBM sites. So that term was used well before AG ‘invented” it. Data sent over 50 KB lines, fast for that time.


20 posted on 02/04/2011 1:04:24 PM PST by duckman (My Grandma Isn't Shovel Ready!)
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To: lbryce

I was a user of BBS since the 80’s. I subscribed to AOL in 93 or so when the opened the tent and gave access to the internet and never looked back.

That was not the best experience running a 14k baud modem and paying by the minute.


21 posted on 02/04/2011 1:05:29 PM PST by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: dangerdoc

Hah! I got you all beat- I subscribed to something called ‘Promenade’ before it changed it’s name and got big and famous.


22 posted on 02/04/2011 1:09:36 PM PST by Mr. K (Empty, Stupid Happy Talk is NOT 'Reaganesque'!)
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

Cool.


23 posted on 02/04/2011 1:11:33 PM PST by bvw
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To: dangerdoc

I had AOL too with a 14.4k modem in 1993. Most of the time it ran some where around 9.6k though. By the minute stunk. Always checking to see if you were over for the month.


24 posted on 02/04/2011 1:13:57 PM PST by jimpick
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To: lbryce

Can’t watch the video here at work, but I think the firing of the guy should be the real story here. Still, I don’t think that was a particularly stupid question for ‘94. I personally didn’t get online ‘til ‘95 and even then a lot of people thought it was ‘geeky’.


25 posted on 02/04/2011 1:14:49 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: duckman
Back in the early 80’s, at IBM, we had a network called the Internet. We used it to TP batch job output to other IBM sites. So that term was used well before AG ‘invented” it. Data sent over 50 KB lines, fast for that time.

I was referring specifically to the general public, the non-nerds who were possibly vaguely aware of "the information superhighway".
26 posted on 02/04/2011 1:15:57 PM PST by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: al_c


Today is a good day to die.
I didn't say for whom.

27 posted on 02/04/2011 1:36:39 PM PST by The Comedian (It's 3am all over the planet, and nobody's been answering the phone since 2008.)
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To: jimpick

I became an expert at logging in, downloading content and getting logged back off expediciously. I would then print out the reading material with the dot matrix printer.

ZZZZZZZZZZ, thump, click, ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ, thump, click ....repeat....

My wife hated it. When I explained what an injet printer was, she wanted to know what it sounded like. I told her it was virtually silent. She made me go down to the computer store and buy one.


28 posted on 02/04/2011 1:40:50 PM PST by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: jimpick
I became an expert at logging in, downloading content and getting logged back off expeditiously. I would then print out the reading material with the dot matrix printer.

ZZZZZZZZZZ, thump, click, ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ, thump, click ....repeat....

My wife hated it. When I explained what an inkjet printer was, she wanted to know what it sounded like. I told her it was virtually silent. She made me go down to the computer store and buy one.

29 posted on 02/04/2011 1:41:46 PM PST by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: Joe 6-pack
but I think the firing of the guy should be the real story here. Still, I don’t think that was a particularly stupid question for ‘94. I personally didn’t get online ‘til ‘95 and even then a lot of people thought it was ‘geeky’.

In the aftermath of the story of the guy being fired, and that the comment was made off-air, I'm inclined to agree with what you've said. The fact is that Miss Kouric for a laundry list of reasons makes for a very juicy target from a public locked and loaded for "Kouric".

30 posted on 02/04/2011 1:51:14 PM PST by lbryce
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To: lbryce
Couric is a full blown moron.

The morning of 9/11 I turned the TV on and there she was talking about there must be a problem with the air traffic control as we watched the aftermath of the first plane in the WTC.

All of a sudden we see a second plane hit, giant fireball, everyone gasps and what comes out of Couric’s mouth -
“ Oh, no - well, indeed it does appear there is in fact a problem with air traffic control “

Ponder that for a moment. Bright sunny day and two planes fly into the tallest buildings in NYC and she thinks it was a problem with the traffic controllers? What average thought process would cause anyone to come to that conclusion? None - only a moron would come up with such a conclusion.

31 posted on 02/04/2011 2:47:30 PM PST by warsaw44
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To: jimpick
I had a 286 with a math coprocessor chip and a turbo switch. Got me to 2 mega hertz.

My first PC in 1991 (purchased with my tax refund) was a 386 40 mghz, with 4 meg of RAM and a 120 meg hard drive. It was pretty top of the line for its day. I remember debating with myself about converting to OS2 soon after. I decided against it as I'd have to buy 16 meg of RAM to make it run right.

By 1994, I'd been on the internet since 1989. Played on FidoNet BBS's a lot back then also.

32 posted on 02/04/2011 2:58:29 PM PST by Ghengis
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To: Paisan
Forgive my ignorance, but what is a “Couric”?

I understand that it is a fecal weight measurement. A rather obscure measurement, only valuable to those who deal in such commodities.

33 posted on 02/04/2011 3:07:28 PM PST by Ghengis
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To: warsaw44

Lol. Monumentally banal, the stuff that comes out of here mouth. But it could have been worse. She could have blamed the planes crashing into the Towers as a consequence of “global warming”. Before anyone dismisses the possibility of it being blamed on greenhouse gas build-up, it’s still not quite as bizarre as Gore having said the severe, frigid weather we’ve been having was a consequence of global warming.


34 posted on 02/04/2011 3:07:55 PM PST by lbryce
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To: Ghengis

ROTF. Brilliant, simply brilliant. I spent a few fleeting moments pondering a response to the question but couldn’t come up with anything worthy to post. You said it better than anything I could have imagined.


35 posted on 02/04/2011 3:13:05 PM PST by lbryce
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To: Paisan

Ask, and the information shall be presented:

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=couric


36 posted on 02/04/2011 4:45:03 PM PST by NVDave
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To: lbryce

bump...


37 posted on 02/04/2011 5:50:50 PM PST by pgkdan (Protect and Defend America! End the practice of islam on our shores before it's too late!)
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To: lbryce

I have to give credit to the South Park guys. They had an episode that covered this quite hilariously. I’m just riffing off of their play.


38 posted on 02/04/2011 5:56:59 PM PST by Ghengis
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To: Paisan
Forgive my ignorance, but what is a “Couric”?

Trust me...ignorance is bliss!

39 posted on 02/04/2011 6:08:01 PM PST by lonestar
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To: lbryce
I bet Sarah Palin knows what @ means.
40 posted on 02/04/2011 9:42:00 PM PST by mthom
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To: ak267; warsaw44
FReeper warsaw44 wrote: Couric is a full blown moron.

The morning of 9/11 I turned the TV on and there she was talking about there must be a problem with the air traffic control as we watched the aftermath of the first plane in the WTC.

All of a sudden we see a second plane hit, giant fireball, everyone gasps and what comes out of Couric’s mouth -
“ Oh, no - well, indeed it does appear there is in fact a problem with air traffic control “

Ponder that for a moment. Bright sunny day and two planes fly into the tallest buildings in NYC and she thinks it was a problem with the traffic controllers? What average thought process would cause anyone to come to that conclusion? None - only a moron would come up with such a conclusion.

==============

It would be amusing to see this footage out on the Interwebs.

41 posted on 02/04/2011 9:59:52 PM PST by kiryandil
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To: Joe 6-pack
I don’t think that was a particularly stupid question for ‘94. I personally didn’t get online ‘til ‘95 and even then a lot of people thought it was ‘geeky’.

I couldn't tell you if I heard of the internet in '94-I know I didn't have an opportunity to use it (at work) until late '95 and I wasn't online on my own computer until '96. And like you said, it still seemed a geeky thing.

42 posted on 02/04/2011 11:45:58 PM PST by GATOR NAVY ("The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen." -Dennis Prager)
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