His reasoning? This is the 20th anniversary of the Netscape IPO, as well as the death of Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia. News about Garcia’s passing went viral on Usenet, The WELL and elsewhere.
So what do you think of the validity of Asher’s analysis. He concedes that "I’m not talking about the Internet itself, which was born in the late 1960s when two computers on two different university networks first exchanged messages, thus establishing a network between networks, an ‘inter-net’. I’m talking about the craze, the delirium, the stock market booms and crashes, the ‘everything is changing’ meme that turned out to be true."
Of course, others might argue that the real start of the Net as a cultural phenomenon began in September 1993 when AOL added Usenet access or in 1994 when Prodigy began offering full Web access and Web page hosting. As early as 1989, CompuServe was letting subscribers exchange e-mail with Internet addresses.
And there are probably other dates people could zero on as well. Your thoughts? For all I know, Asher could be right.