Internet NewsClips: 1995 net year in review [cr-960101]


Richard Moore

Date: Mon, 1 Jan 1996
To: "Multiple recipients of list •••@••.•••"
Subject: CPSR-GLOBAL digest 294

Topics covered in this issue include:

  1) patchwork of censorship (@)
        by •••@••.••• (Marsha Woodbury)
        by •••@••.••• (Marsha Woodbury)
  3) International Internet NewsClips (@)
        by •••@••.••• (Marsha Woodbury)


Subject: International Internet NewsClips (@)


  Madanmohan Rao (•••@••.•••), Communications Consultant,
     United Nations Inter Press Service bureau.


1995: The Golden Age Of The Internet
1995 was, in short, a year when the Internet stopped being a
recreational medium for college kids and started to grow up.
Manufacturers flooded the Net with free or beta software; "home
page" entered the popular vocabulary; users called themselves
"publishers," and many executives and politicians awoke to the
realization they had no understanding of a new medium that
promises to change forever the way they do business or relate to
their constituents. U.S. vice-president Albert Gore coined the
phrase "information superhighway" in 1994 - and saw it go from
metaphor to buzzword to cliche in six weeks, surely a
lexicographical record. Negative hype grew too -  Time magazine
printed without question the results of a wrong-headed study by a
shameless self-promoter who claimed that 80 per cent of the
material on line is hard-core pornography. It was also a strange
year for software giant Microsoft: the "wretched excess" of its
billion-dollar promotion of Windows 95 distracted not only the
world but Microsoft itself from the explosive growth of the Net.
(Toronto Globe and Mail;  December 29, 1995)



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