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Screen Slate Presents: 1995: The Year the Internet Broke

February 2020 at Anthology Film Archives // Series info

The groundwork for interconnected global computer networks was laid in the 1960s, but it didn’t capture the public imagination until the mid-1990s, at which time a confluence of factors including the release of Netscape Navigator, the Windows 95 operating system, high-profile hacking arrests, and aggressive direct marketing campaigns by commercial service providers AOL, CompuServe, and Prodigy fast-tracked the information superhighway for mainstream traffic. Once the domain of scientists, hobbyists, hackers, and role-playing gamers, the internet had irreversibly broken into the public imagination.

Cinema’s relationship to networked culture follows a similar trajectory, with relatively little cultural representation – most notably 1983’s WARGAMES – until a glimmer of recognition with THE LAWNMOWER MAN…

Block or Report
  • Hackers
  • Hackers: Wizards of the Electronic Age
  • The Net
  • RIP Geocities
  • Screen Flicker
  • Johnny Mnemonic
  • Bye Bye Kipling
  • Virtuosity
  • Legendary Reality
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Seduction of a Cyborg
  • Strange Days
  • Leaving the 20th Century