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Futurist 20 years ago “The Internet will not become a mass medium” – via littlewisehen on Twitter: “Also sprach der Zukunftsforscher… 😂”

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/03/02

Today exactly 20 years ago, a futurist indicated “The Internet will not become a mass medium”.

Source: [WayBack] littlewisehen on Twitter: “Also sprach der Zukunftsforscher… 😂 https://t.co/taNRUxZD3S”

Via:

Thomas also made this great (German) observation:

2001 war vielfach noch Modem und ISDN angesagt, Flatrates waren gerade wieder abgeschafft worden, DSL gab es in machen Gegenden, war bei 2 Mbit aber mehr als doppelt so teuer wie heute 16 Mbit. Erinnert sich noch jemand an die unsäglichen AOL-CDs, die allen Zeitschriften beilagen?
Es gab noch keine “sozialen” Netzwerke und von mobilem Internet hat man nur geträumt. Selbst dumme Handys waren noch nicht so weit verbreitet wie heute Smartphones, und es kostete richtig Geld, eines anzurufen.

Das ist noch keine 20 Jahre her, aber ich komme mir gerade vor, als ob ich die Zeit des Schwarz-Weiß-Fernsehens beschriebe.

Google Translate actually does a halfway decent job on that (see below) which I’ve edited to this:

2001 was in many cases still the era of modem and ISDN. Flat rates had just been abolished again, there was DSL available in some areas, but at 2 Mbit was more than twice as expensive as todays 16Mbit. Does anyone remember the inexpressible AOL CDs that came with all the magazines?
There were no “social” networks and you could only dream of mobile Internet. Even dumb phones were not as widespread as smartphones are today, and it costed real money to call a mobile phone.

That was only 20 years, but it just feels as describing  black and white television.

Unedited Google Translate:

2001 was in many cases still the era of modem and ISDN. Flat rates had just been abolished again, there was DSL available in some areas, but at 2 Mbit was more than twice as expensive as todays 16Mbit. Does anyone remember the inexpressible AOL CDs that came with all the magazines?
There were no “social” networks and you could only dream of mobile Internet. Even dumb phones were not as widespread as smartphones are today, and it costed real money to call a mobile phone.

That was only 20 years, but it just feels as describing  black and white television.

–jeroen

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