Katie Couric And Bryant Gumbel Discover The Internet
from the ah,-discovery dept
A whole bunch of people have been sending in this video, which has already gone viral, of Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric having a very confused discussion about the internet on The Today Show way back in 1994 (at which point the internet really was not that obscure):
It kicks off with a debate over how to pronounce the @ symbol, with Gumbel properly saying "at," but being unsure of himself, after Couric suggests maybe it's "about." This is even though @ was the "at" symbol well before the internet. Then there's a conversation as they're totally confused by the email address that is put on the screen and what it means, leading up to Gumbel declaring in a frustrated voice:
"What is internet anyway?"Eventually someone tries to explain it, and Gumbel seems to just get more frustrated and incredulous:
How does one... what is it? What do you write to it, like mail?!?"It's not like they're supposed to be reporters or anything, who can do some research to find out what it is they're talking about...