20 Years Ago: Internet Comes To NPR (If We'd Only Known About The Impending Spam) : All Tech Considered Twenty years ago, NPR alerted staff members that they would soon have access to a new form of communication: "A collection of computer networks that is connected around the world."

If We'd Only Known About The Impending Spam

If We'd Only Known About The Impending Spam

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The memo arrived on paper.

Because it was 1994.

A notice, to all NPR staff, proclaiming, "Internet is coming to NPR!"

And there was no directive to log on to this fast-growing "organization," by the way. "If you do not want to use Internet," the memo read, "simply do nothing."

Ahhh, the good old days ... before the treacherous pitfalls of "reply all." NPR hide caption

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You can see more highlights from NPR's pre-Internet days at the Nprchives Tumblr.