• 03.12.14

Bittersweet Feelings As The World Wide Web Turns 25

It’s been a quarter-century since the WWW was born.

Bittersweet Feelings As The World Wide Web Turns 25
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Today, the World Wide Web turns 25 years old.


For some context (because 1989 does not feel 25 years ago to anyone over 25) that’s before the Gulf War, the first episode of the The Simpsons, and the construction of the Chunnel. For a more detailed history, head over here.

Nostalgia for a pre-Internet world, one free of endless streams of viral content and constant communication, remains strong. Really strong.

Here at Fast Company, we’ve explored this phenomenon in depth, most recently with our #Unplug issue–led by comedian and author Baratunde Thurston’s decision to isolate himself from the digital world for a month. Even I, the author of this piece, last year at the age of 22, published an article lamenting the necessity of always being plugged in.

Naturally, in the spirit of the Internet, we turned to Twitter for your opinion on the matter, and asked you a simple question: What do you miss (if anything) about life before the World Wide Web? The question garnered a hearty response. Below, a few of the most compelling responses–if you’d like to add your two cents, please tell us in the comments!

About the author

Former Editorial Assistant Miles Kohrman helped run Fast Company's homepage and completed miscellaneous tasks around the newsroom. He is a 2013 graduate of The New School.