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Revisit the amazing Internet the cool kids used in 1997

Watch this hilariously dated instructional video from an era when Netscape and "cyber" meant something and everything was just waiting to be "surfed."

Sing along! "Take a spin, now you're in with the techno set; you're going surfing on the Internet." Video screenshot by Eric Mack/CNET

Sixteen years ago, the name Netscape was becoming a household name, and if the instructional guide to getting kids online from 1997 in the video below is any indication, horizontal stripes were totally in.

If you have half an hour to spare, check out this amazingly cheesy tour of the early "cybernet," as presented by an enthusiastic and remarkably average American family complete with a Mark-Paul Gosselaar look-alike at the helm of a newly connected Compaq Pentium Pro 200 system (sweet!).

If you never recovered from the end of "The Cosby Show" in the early 1990s and have been hiding in a bunker for the past 20 years, this video could be a good first step to getting caught up on what you've missed, starting with an intro to the Web, e-mail, and newsgroups, which were kind of like Reddit, only more visually appealing.

The crew of cool kids also get filled in on where to find games, news, and a treasure trove of free screen savers. No need to save up your allowance for a copy of After Dark!

Oh, and let's not forget the easiest place to learn how to create your own Web page in 1990s suburbia -- according to the video it's a little site called that would later become a leading source of instructional information for cats.

Check out the whole thing below and see how the Web has come full circle from a chaotic mass of junk punctuated with animated GIFs to today's modern mass of animated GIFs summarizing the rest of the chaotic pile of online junk.

(Via The Daily Dot)