Today's teens react as '90s kids ride the Internet's waves

"Surf's up! See you on the 'net!" A group of today's teenagers can hardly believe the Internet of yore, or the hokey way it's described in this tutorial from 1997.

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This photo pretty much says it all. Video screenshot by Leslie Katz/CNET

Teens often get a bad rap for moaning, groaning, and rolling their eyes, but they're given good reason to in the latest "Teens React" video.

Benny and Rafi Fine, better known on the The Fine Brothers, pulled together a group of teenagers to watch and comment on "The Kids' Guide to The Internet," an instructional video from 1997 that showcases wholesome young know-it-alls introducing the Internet to their friends.

Between the stiff acting and the dated material, this corny tutorial is unintentionally funny and the young people of today have no problem mocking it.

"This is such bad acting." Jade, 19 years old, announces.

"My 3-year-old cousin has an iPad. If, like, he watches this, he'd be like 'What are they talking about?'" Labib, 17 years old, laughs, as the kids in the video overly describe the term "browsers."

Mock away, digital natives, mock away. In fact, our own Eric Mack did last year in "Revisit the amazing Internet the cool kids used in 1997" when the goofy video guide was making the rounds.

(By the way, at the :20 mark, look for a short cameo by the CNET logo.)

Like that? Here's the bonus footage.

Feeling nostalgic? Check out, in its entirety, the "Kids' Guide to The Internet." Be warned: you'll never get these 27 minutes of your life back.

About the author

Rusty Blazenhoff has been deeply involved in cyberculture for more than 20 years, and immersed in pop culture since getting her first copy of Dynamite magazine. She loves kitsch, quirky artifacts of Americana, and enjoying island life in Alameda, Calif., with her daughter. She makes a mean Fluffernutter.

 

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