1995: The Year the Future Began by W. Joseph Campbell

By W. Joseph Campbell

A hinge second in contemporary American background, 1995 used to be an excellent yr. Drawing on interviews, oral histories, memoirs, archival collections, and information experiences, W. Joseph Campbell offers a vibrant, detail-rich portrait of these memorable one year. This publication bargains clean interpretations of the decisive moments of 1995, together with the emergence of the web and the realm huge net in mainstream American existence; the bombing at Oklahoma urban, the deadliest assault of household terrorism in U.S. historical past; the sensational “Trial of the Century,” at which O.J. Simpson confronted fees of double homicide; the U.S.-brokered negotiations at Dayton, Ohio, which ended the Bosnian conflict, Europe’s such a lot vicious clash because the Nazi period; and the 1st encounters on the White condominium among invoice Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, a liaison that culminated in a beautiful scandal and the spectacle of the president’s impeachment and trial. As Campbell demonstrates during this soaking up chronicle, 1995 used to be a 12 months of notable occasions, a watershed on the flip of the millennium. the consequences of that pivotal yr reverberate nonetheless, marking the shut of 1 century and the dawning of one other.

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111 Markets, though, tended to think otherwise. Two days before Gates’s “Pearl Harbor Day” announcement, Netscape’s per-share price had touched $171. It would never again reach that high. Netscape mania had crested as markets sensed the unfolding browser war could become a lopsided fight that Microsoft would win. Even so, Netscape entered the browser war with a huge advantage in market share. Its dominance unnerved Microsoft. “Netscape is already entrenched in our markets all over the world,” a senior Microsoft executive, Brad Chase, wrote in a confidential internal memorandum in April 1996.

98 The tabloid press seemed most familiar and comfortable with the grim tawdriness of the Simpson saga, which was overlaid with wealth, celebrity, race, spousal abuse, courtroom posturing, and no small amount of bungling by police and prosecutors. In the end, the case left little lasting influence on American jurisprudence. ”99 The National Enquirer assigned as many as twenty reporters to the story and sometimes offered up its most extravagant prose. ”100 As the trial got under way, the Columbia Journalism Review observed that the biggest secret wasn’t Simpson’s guilt or innocence.

27 What will the electronic book look like? Some sort of miniature laptop computer, I’d guess. We’ll download selections and page through them electronically. Try reading electronic books. 29 It’s easy to make fancy home pages on the World Wide Web. But jumping from one document to another baffles me even more than watching someone channel surf. 30 Why not send a fax? It’s far more universal than e-mail—we not only find fax machines everywhere, but they can all speak to one another. . I find it easier [than e-mail] to just scribble a note on a plain piece of paper and send it over a fax.

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