Reading newspapers on computers in 1981

With all the talk about printed newspapers dying out, there’s a funny video on YouTube from a 1981 news program on San Francisco’s KRON channel 4. On it, they describe how some people are now able to read the San Francisco Examiner and San Francisco Chronicle using their home computers.

It’s a great reminder of what the early internet looked like before hypertext, before using a mouse, pointing and clicking, etc. They mention at the end of the story that it takes two hours to download the whole paper. It’s amazing how newspapers (and libraries!) have changed so much that the early 1980’s now look like ancient history

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