Video of the Day: Katie Couric Tries to Figure Out the Internet

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1101940725_400.jpgLong before Google, Facebook, and Twitter, and long before we were constantly tied to our computers, the Internet was a much more confusing idea. "Can you explain what 'Internet' is?" a much-younger Katic Couric asked Bryant Gumbel in a 1994 episode of the Today Show shown in this clip that Buzzfeed resurrected. Gumbel had no idea. Trying to puzzle over an email address: "I wasn't prepared to translate that. That little mark -- the a with the little ring around it?" Gumbel asked. "What do you write to it, like mail?" Eventually, the two turn to someone off-screen, a production assistant perhaps, who explains that the Internet is a giant network of computers that anybody can tie in to and access.

It's unclear on what day this show aired, but it may have been sparked by a July 25, 1994, Time magazine cover, "The Strange New World of the Internet: Battle on the Frontiers of Cyberspace" (seen at right).

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