if only we knew in 1981, what we know now.

This video is HIL.ARIOUS! and a little sad. in a funny, depressing kind of way.

Circa’ 1981 news report: “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.”


“It takes over two hours to receive the entire text of newspaper over the phone and with a $5 an hour use charge, the new tele-paper won’t be much competition for the 20-cent street edition.”

like i said. hilarious in a sad way.

h/t Journalism news.

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5 Comments on if only we knew in 1981, what we know now.

  1. Lyndon
    January 30, 2009 at 10:10 am (14 years ago)

    Wow. If they only knew.

  2. joshlos
    January 31, 2009 at 1:31 pm (14 years ago)

    I have $10.

    I’ll buy one.

  3. Dijea
    January 31, 2009 at 8:11 pm (14 years ago)

    Nice hair.

  4. Casey
    February 2, 2009 at 11:21 am (14 years ago)

    I love that when they flashed the guys name up, they thought it was significant enough to put the words below his name, “Owns a Home Computer”, it’s hard to imagine that back then it was a big freaking deal. I think in 1981 I thought my sit n’ spin was a big freaking deal….

  5. SCVegan
    February 2, 2009 at 7:40 pm (14 years ago)

    Oh man, social networking must have been a real bummer back then. I can just imagine owners of pet birds switching over to that fancy future newspaper only to realize they will have nothing to line their cages with.

    Don’t judge me, I read the paper first.


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