This video is making the rounds again, wherein we can laugh at Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric not understand what the Internet is in 1994.
But the fact of the matter is, I bet most people who regularly use the Internet cannot explain it, just like most people who regularly use a telephone or a light switch cannot explain how they work. That’s just human development. I mean, How does a heater work? Or a computer? We know how to work things, not how they work.
Still, I wonder what the best one-sentence answer for “What is the Internet?” The Internet is… a network of computer networks communicating and connecting vast quantities of information. Which is not altogether different from Katie Couric’s 1994 answer.
So maybe we shouldn’t laugh quite so hard.