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NBC has fired the source of the recently leaked "Today Show" footage that showed then (1993) Today Show anchors Katie Couric, Bryant Gumbel, and Elizabeth Vargas asking "What is the Internet? Then, the Internet wasn't something we couldn't live without, and thus, the hosts' confusion over it was understandable. The video was originally off-air footage, though NBC did air it at one point and had a laugh about it. Thus, it wasn't really a "leak," but according to what NBC said, it's not just that the network doesn't have a sense of humor. Rather, it seems the source had a history of doing this sort of thing. NBC's official statement is: “The individual in question violated the company’s... Read more...
This news clip from the Today show's archives is an interesting look at how awkward and uncertain the first discussions of the Internet on television actually were. On January 24, 1994, Katie Couric and Bryan Gumbel did a short segment on the massive "computer billboard" that's getting bigger and bigger all the time. The mind-blowing thing is that we thought computers in 1994 were all fast and capable and stuff. If you could watch videos in Compton's Encyclopedia or the 7th Guest you were rocking. Other fun tidbits include no on being sure how to say "@" (though Gumbel gets it right), not wanting to read the "dot" in addresses, and calling an email address an "Internet Address."  Also, you... Read more...