“Imagine, if you will, sitting down to your morning coffee, turning on your home computer to see the day’s newspaper. Well, it’s not as far-fetched as it may seem.”
Thus begins this video of a 1981 KRON report predicting the rise of news reporting on the internet.
You need to see this, it’s pure gold.
My favorite quotes:
David Cole (S.F. Examiner): “This is an experiment. We’re trying to figure out what it’s going to mean to us, as editors and reporters and what it means to the home user. And we’re not in it to make money, we’re probably not going to lose a lot but we aren’t going to make much either.”
KRON reporter: “This is only the first step in newspapers by computers. Engineers now predict the day will come when we get all our newspapers and magazines by home computer, but that’s a few years off.”
This article was written by Robin Wauters (owns home computer).