Almost 20 years ago, a class of fifth grade students from Helena, Montana produced a PSA video about the future-changing possibilities of the Internet. When this PSA was shot in 1995, only 0.4% of the world’s current population (16 million people) used the Internet. Now, almost 39% of the world is online, making this video scary accurate!
Hey. Why Should I Be on the Internet?
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I Even Found a Recipe for Cat Food Cupcakes!
Yes, even in 1995 cats dominated the Internet.
Well, By the Time I’m in College…
The young girl in the red sweater touting the potential of the Internet is Marnee Banks. Marnee and all of her classmates are now past college age and they’re holding down careers as young professionals in their thirties. Marnee’s generation had a unique experience with the Internet. When they were 5th graders, Windows 95 was new, and they used Microsoft Word 98 to write their senior English paper.
In 2001, the class from Helena went to college and was introduced to Windows XP. During the Fall semester of 2001, 8.6% of the world was using the Internet, and these kids had a bright future as the first generation entering the workforce that grew up with the Internet. Since then, Marnee has gone on to become a TV reporter covering Montana state politics, and her classmates use the Internet in their various jobs. In 2012, The Atlantic caught up with the kids of the PSA Internet video (which boasts 1.4 million views on YouTube), and yes, all of them are on the Internet.