YOUTUBERS REACT TO 90s INTERNET COMMERCIALS


– (anchor)
What is internet anyway? – Oh my god. – Could you imagine how small
the world was before the internet? – I know! – It’d be just like your town
and what the newspaper’s telling you. ♪ (dramatic chord) ♪ – (reporter) It spans
the globe like a super highway. It is called “internet.” ♪ (funk music) ♪ – (nasally) “They
call it the internet.” – (reporter) Like a super highway. – “Like a super highway.”
♪ (funk music) ♪ – Oh, that’s a little bit too sexy. – (reporter) “The net”
to longtime users. – “The net” to longtime users? I’ve been a longtime user, and I’ve never referred
to it as “the net.” – (reporter) One danger
is this could turn out to be an elitist system,
one available only to people with a computer and a modem.
– That’s right. Only the most elite. – Back then, it was expensive. – Everyone just’s got
one on a phone now. – They’re talking about
it like it’s such a novelty, this computer thing. – (reporter) Phillips connects
to Cupertino, California’s cityrun network, CityNet.
– “CityNet.” – Look at that
state-of-the-art technology. – (reporter) One of
its greatest achievements appears to be as an aid
in scientific research. – (in jest) Remarkable! – (reporter) By tapping
into internet– – They don’t even say “the internet.” It’s tapping into “internet.” – (reporter) Internet keeps growing,
adding users and services. – It kind of looks cool again now. We’ve gone full circle. – It’s like on retro attractive.
– Yeah. – (reporter) When a youngster
just home from school, given a choice between Nintendo
and the Encyclopedia Britannica, they choose to access
the encyclopedia. – Wrong!
– (laughing) – (reporter) That might be
a greater accomplishment than the technology.
– No. – (both) No. – People don’t even know
what an encyclopedia is anymore. – The internet,
that’s my favorite place. – Humanity’s greatest mistake. – I remember the days
where if you wanted internet, you had to close the phone line. Those were the days. Can you imagine uploading
a video back then? – (voice-over) CompuServe combines… – What ever happened
to poor CompuServe? They tried so hard. – (voice-over) CompuServe–
– (chipperly) CompuServe! – (voice-over) …with
the convenience of your telephone to bring–
– Wow, graphics. – (voice-over) …to bring you
hundreds of online services, like a complete set
of encyclopedias. – Throwing books at me.
Information! – (voice-over) It helps
you decide on investments, make airline reservations,
and shop in– – (feigned disbelief)
From your computer? – All those things are true. I love the electronic mall. – (voice-over) …and offers games
that pit you against opponents around the country. You get all this and more–
– Oh, hello! – (laughing) Hello. – (voice-over) So get
online with CompuServe and over a half million people–
– Half million people? (laughing) – (voice-over) See
your local computer store. – “Your local computer store.”
– Yeah. – Those were a dime a dozen. – That’s a good description
of what the internet not only is, but what it became. – I have no idea what that was. Is that like AOL or something? – It must’ve been
something like that. – I remember when that’s
how you got to the internet, you had to go
through the gatekeepers like CompuServe and AOL
and all these different guys and dial into their service. What is the opposite of nostalgia? Is it just terror memories,
where you’re like, “Oh, I remember back
when the internet sucked!” – Yeah, I just got America Online. – Yeah, AOL! – There’s AOL.
I knew they were coming. – Oh man, that computer is huge! – (man 1) I can’t
go to the game today. – Aww. – (man 1) I’ve got to send something
for my mom’s birthday. It’s tomorrow. And then book plane tickets
for our trip next week– – Natural acting. – (man 1) …or to look up dinosaurs.
– Oh my god. – This guy. – Life was so hard. – If only there
were an easier solution. – (man 2) Hey, we can take care
of all that before we go. – (man 1) Yeah, right.
– (man 2) Oh, with America Online. – “Online.” – (voice-over) Call now
for America Online, a new way to use your computer
to communicate, have fun– – “Never have
to go outside again!” – (voice-over) …have fun, and get
instant news and information. – What? – (man 2) Now let’s access
the online travel service. – (man 1) How long
have you had this? – How?! – (man 1) How long
have you had this? – (man 2) About a week.
– Wow. – (man 2) All you do is point, click.
– Wow! – (man 2) All you need is a computer
and a regular phone line. – I remember that layout. – (man 2) All you need is a computer
and a regular phone line. Here come the dinosaurs. I saved you a trip to the library. – (man 1) That’s great!
– Wow. – (man 2) You know, I can even send
email on the internet. – He doesn’t know what email is. – (man 2) …my
personal favorite, live chat. That’s how I met
my new kayaking buddies. – Oh boy, he’s doing online chats! – (man 2) …my
personal favorite, live chat. – What’s he doing–
– Ha-ha, okay. Yeah, I’m sure his wife knows
all about the live chats he’s having. – (man 1) So how
do you get America Online? – (man 2) Oh, that’s easy too. You just call their 800 number. – (man 1) I gotta check this out. – “I gotta check this out.” Wow, that’s so strange. So the internet was like
a company, America Online. Whoa, weird. – I’m sure back then the internet
was such a new concept that you have
to relate it to people, to make it sound convenient. – It’s gotta be
actual magic to him. “What?! I don’t have to go
to a travel agency to book a flight?” And now I can do
that right here, right now. I can book a flight
while I’m talking to you. In fact, hold on. – (voice-over) America Online 4.0,
the easiest just got easier! – Again, America Online?
They were like Google. – I’ve seen this commercial
a million times. They ran this commercial
every day, every hour. – (woman 1) They
made the internet easier– – These graphics.
– Wow. – They’re just beautiful. – News, sports,
kids, personal finance. – (voice-over) We’ve spent over
$1 billion dollars to create the world’s largest
high speed network. Now with 56K, connections
are faster than ever. – That was not fast back in the day. – (voice-over) Now with 56K–
– 56K, man? That’s pretty good. – (man 1) It’s fast. – (woman 2) From
your home phone line, you can go online. – I still remember
the modem sound. – (man 2) What will
they think of next? – That’s what I ask
myself every day. – (voice-over) So easy to use,
no wonder it’s number one. – Oh, I remember that slogan. “So easy to use,
no wonder it’s number one.” – How does anyone not know
about America Online? They sent CDs
to everybody’s house. We all had, like, 300 of them
in a drawer somewhere. Everybody knew
what America Online was. They gotta save their money
on their TV commercials. – (Gumble) …I wasn’t
prepared to translate that… – Katie Couric. – (Gumble) …as I was
doing that little tease, that little mark with the A
and then the ring around it. – (anchor) “At”?
– (Gumble) See, that’s what I said. – (gasping) The at sign!
Oh my gosh. – (anchor) “At”?
– (Gumble) See, that’s what I said. Katie said she thought
it was “about.” – (both) “About”? – (Gumble) I’ve never heard it said.
– (overlapping speech) – It’s around. – (Gumble) See, there it is. “[email protected]” I mean
-(Couric) Aww, Alison should know. – (Gumble) What is internet anyway?
– Oh my god! – (Gumble) What is internet anyway?
– This is great. – What? Did he just ask “what is internet”? – (Couric) And that is
that massive computer network, the one that’s
becoming really big now. – You go, Katie. It’s getting huge. – (Gumble) What, do you
write to it like mail? – (Couric) No, a lot of people
use it in communicating. I guess they can communicate
with NBC writers and producers. Alison, can you
explain what internet is? – Wow, that is so crazy! – Remember the time when people
didn’t know what internet was? – There was a time, a tragic time. – Can you imagine
how small the world was before the internet?
– I know. – It’d just be like your town
and what the newspaper’s telling you. – Hey! Why should
I be on the internet? – You shouldn’t.
You’re too young. – (kids chiming) Why?
– (squealing) – (girl 1) By the time
I’m in college, the internet
will be our telephone… – (girl 2) …television… – (girl 3) …shopping center…
– This is terrifying. – (girl 4) …and workplace. – (boy 1) And it’s already got
more stuff on it than you could possibly imagine.
– That’s true. Oh, the wires in those computers. – (girl 2) In less
than an hour, you can… – (girl 3) …visit the planet Jupiter… – (girl 4) …take a tour
of the Sistine Chapel– – And also meet your friends?
Your girlfriend? Every relationship that you have. – (girl 6) …chat
with a friend in Australia.. – (girl 5) And I even found–
– They’re not wrong. – (girl 5) I even found a recipe
for cat food cupcakes. ♪ (techno music) ♪ – (girl 6) It is as much a part
of the future as we are. – (groaning) Oh. – This is Tim and Eric
before Tim and Eric existed. – (boy 2) Shouldn’t everybody
be on the internet? – Yes.
– (all chiming) Yes! – Yes. Yes. – (boy 2) Shouldn’t everybody
be on the internet? – Everyone is on the internet. – (all) Yes!
– (laughing) ♪ (techno music) ♪ – “Ask how YOU
can get on the internet.” – “At your school or library.” – They did put a lot of effort
in that, though. – Yeah. I wonder
where those kids are now. – I bet they didn’t even believe
anything that they were saying, but it’s all true. – They’re all just trying
to boil down the cool everyday things
you can do with the internet, and it’s kind of fun to see
because how do you explain to someone what
the internet is, even today. Even today, how do you do it? – (FBE) So after
watching these clips, considering a huge part
of your career is due to the internet, what are your thoughts
after seeing the way the web used to be talked about,
considering where it is now? – Oh my gosh, I’m so grateful
I live nowadays, and not back then. – You don’t have to advertise
the internet anymore. I don’t understand how you sell
somebody the internet. – Well, it’d be like selling air. – I’ve lived through a lot of that,
so I remember when people were trying to figure that out,
and, you know, I got started making
online video in 2001, so this stuff is like– trying
to explain what online video was to somebody, you know,
it used to take me 20 minutes at parties to tell people
what I do for a living. – They never could have anticipated,
you know, phones, smart phones. They never could have anticipated
you could do all this from– that must’ve
been a sci-fi fantasy. But they were starting to get things. You could hear them, like,
“Imagine putting your phone and your TV together,
and your this and your that together in one device.” They got that right. But I don’t think they anticipated
it being portable, and I definitely don’t think
they anticipated the social norms of it. – I’m realizing we have it
so much better. Sometimes I just take it
for granted, and I forget, right, but I remember when
there was a period of time that if I wanted to learn
something, you had to buy an encyclopedia set
for $1,800 dollars, and then it was outdated
the moment it got printed. The very first time I’d ever seen
the worldwide web was in ’94, and I was just shocked–
an HTML page with graphics, as well as words, and you could
click on the graphic, and there would be bitmaps
and you could use the graphics to put words
that you could click on! – In my mind, I’m like,
“What is next?” Because I don’t think internet
is gonna be the last thing. I feel like, after this, something
more crazy’s gonna come and we’re all going
to be like, “What is that?” And then in 30 years,
we’re like, “Look at them.” – (FBE) Can you imagine doing
what you do now back when the internet
was in its earlier days? – No. What would I do? – It’s crazy that we
are the first people to do this job, so no one knows
where it’s going to lead. – YouTube is this new media
that only happened from the internet,
where anyone could just put something up there
and do it themselves. Before, it was just
a completely different world, where no artist or creative person
could do anything outside of the establishment
of TV and radio and whatever. – If we were this age now,
when that version of the internet became a thing, we’d have
to go the traditional route. We’d have to write
actual film scripts and be like, “Let’s hope
somebody picks this.” – I would’ve been on Access Cable,
putting up shows and making my own shows
and putting them up. Because you can make something
and it was awesome, and you weren’t allowed
to show it to anybody. There was no way to get people–
unless you physically handed them a VHS tape,
there was no way anyone was going to be
able to watch your stuff. You weren’t just going to go
to a network like CBS and say, “Put my show up.” They’d be like, “Get out of here.” – (FBE) So finally, the way
they talk about the internet in these clips
is hilarious to us today. What do you think
are some of the things we’re gonna
look back on and laugh? – Um, I think that we’re
all probably gonna be dead because of the internet.
– Yeah, the internet will take over and crush us all. – VR with our goggles
that we put on, you know, and our sticks
that we hold in our hands, and we act like we’re in the future, they’re just gonna look back at that
and they’re gonna laugh. – They’ll look back
at all of our memes and just be like,
“What was that about?” Oh my gosh, can you imagine
people in the distant future looking back at
these things, being like, “They used to communicate
in pictures of frogs.” – Data caps and having
limited amounts of data and the small amount of data
you get with your data caps, they’ll look back and say,
“How did people survive with only 6 GB of data?” – Technology these days,
you know how I was laughing at how giant the computers were, I feel like we’re gonna be like,
you know, our cellphone– “Oh my, I can’t believe
we had to carry cellphones. That’s ridiculous. I have an implant
and projector screen like Iron Man in my head. – I think people
are gonna have Wikipedia just in their brains as a chip,
so you can just access anything just by thinking about it. – Everyone will have
all information, all the time, and everyone will
be able to do everything and when Facebook
has that level of control and all the information of our lives,
we’ll all just be enslaved. – Robots will destroy us all. – Thanks for watching
this episode of YouTubers React. – Subscribe to everyone
that was in this episode. – The links are going to be
in the description box below. – Bye! – Hey, everybody, I’m Adam.
– And I’m Dallen. Thank you so much for watching
this episode of YouTubers React. – I remember a time
without the internet. How about you? – No, I’m not that old. Goodbye.

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  2. Imagine 20 years from now, elder youtubers react to this.

  3. 5:36 because I was born in 2003 and I am Australian, that's why

  4. Im 14 so i have always had internet, but i do remember only being able to play Solitare on my parents giant computer

  5. They forgot to mention you could get scammed, catfished, or even have your identity stolen

  6. I remember when my parents had this big computer in their room, and I wasn't allowed to touch it. At school our computer class taught us not to chat with strangers online. laughing

  7. when it comes to wearing his own merch in every video he's in, Jack NEVER disappoints.

  8. 12:23 – Good thing I have no facebook… GOTTEM
    I really don't though

  9. When you think about it, it's very hard to explain what internet actually is.

  10. of course Dan and Phil think dirty about live chats. but that's why I love them 😂❤

  11. They’re all amazed how there was a time when people didn’t know what internet was

    But they were alive then 🤔 it wasn’t that long ago

  12. Year 3017: "Oh look, they only were able to capture reality with cameras"

  13. Jacksfilms is as sarcastic in this video as ever. That is why I adore him.

  14. "People used to communicate through frogs."

    Yep.

    That's our generation.

  15. I didn't even have internet until 6 yeas ago. Didn't even know what it was most of my life.

  16. it's not a walking encyclopedia anymore people…..ITS A WALKING GOOGLE SEARCH

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