The internet of 1969, or how we saw our future in the past


This is some crazy video for purposes I really don’t understand.


 





The best parts are the console dials, the smooth jazz and the misogyny.

Comments (4)

  1. RB says:

    we should never have given you the right to vote

  2. HeatherLeigh says:

    I’m starting to understand your bitterness. And it makes me sad for you.

  3. Andrew says:

    I suspect this is a fake. The use of the word "video" just doesn’t seem like it would fit in that era, I would have expected a narrator to have used references to television instead. If it is a fake they used misdirection to good effect, the horrifying sexism and the guy clearly pulling the piece of paper from the machine are both effective distractions. Fonts are often a good way to spot a fake and it’s interesting to me that there is literally no text visible on any of the equipment. It’s all been scrubbed and the lack of any closeups mean you never really notice that they are missing either.

    Like any good fake there are plausible reasons for any of these observations but probably the most telling omission is that neither Gawker or Jason Kottke nor the original YouTube poster make any representation, verifiable or otherwise, as to its original source.

    Still, I’m sure I’m way over thinking this, taken on face value it was entertaining (and at least the computers didn’t go beep-boop-whir-click-beep) so thanks for the link!

  4. HeatherLeigh says:

    Hmm, OK, well the point you make about the fonts is a good one. I will say that the actor in it, Wink Martindale, is now about a bazillion years old. So they would have had to splice in video of him.

    And in case anyone thinks I know that because I was around in 1969, I was still pooping in my pants back then and wasn’t old enough to even say "poop." Just in case anyone was wondering. I’m feel old, but I’m not *that* old.