The Past Future of Newspapers

This video is from 1981 – and shows some early adopters reading newspapers on their home computers. The paper is the SF Chronicle and the computer is a Radio Shack TRS-80 (embarassingly I once lusted after one of those and would have settled for one with 4kb RAM!). There are no graphics, the screen is black and white (green and black) and the experience is to a newspaper what an original Palm Pilot is to a printed book. Of course, we *all* read newspapers online now and the somewhat skeptical tone of the news anchor on the clip is pretty funny. And in a dozen years time, we’ll probably *all* read e-books and the somewhat skeptical tone of the naysayers will be pretty funny 🙂

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