Clifford Stoll Pooh-Poohs the Web in 1995

Clifford Stoll, writing for Newsweek, did not foresee a bright future for the Web in 1995:

Yet Nicholas Negroponte, director of the MIT Media Lab, predicts that we’ll soon buy books and newspapers straight over the Internet. Uh, sure.

Update: It’s not that the problems Stoll pointed out weren’t very real in 1995. It’s that he saw them as unsurmountable rather than as opportunities. They’ve mostly all been solved.

Monday, 1 March 2010