This video of Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel discussing the internet in 1994 could probably best be described as astonishing. I mean, I know it was all new and changing very quickly, but really, Bryant? You don’t know what the @ symbol is? Did the internet invent the @ symbol?
I find it jarring to hear them talk so ignorantly about the internet. Jarring! Can you believe we all used to be like that? Also, can you believe how insufferable Bryant Gumbel seems? I bet Katie Couric hates him.
[All over the place today, but I first saw it at io9]
Update: And the guy who uploaded this originally has been fired. This man should be celebrated, not punished! Also, I don’t know if he works for NBC or not, but if he does, and they’re the ones who fired him, they’re idiots. It’s much easier to capitalize on something like this than it is to run from it, not that there is even anything to run from here. They should have thanked him. Plus, the only people who really look even slightly bad in this are Couric and Gumbel, and they both work for different networks now.
Another Update: Yup, it was NBC. Sigh.