Newsweek in 1995: this Internet thing will never work out

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Clifford Stoll: Why Web Won't Be Nirvana -

An amusing article in retrospective, and I'm sure whoever wrote it back then is embarrassed now. Here's the juiciest part that I'm sure many warriors will enjoy:

Then there's cyberbusiness. We're promised instant catalog shopping--just point and click for great deals. We'll order airline tickets over the network, make restaurant reservations and negotiate sales contracts. Stores will become obselete. So how come my local mall does more business in an afternoon than the entire Internet handles in a month? Even if there were a trustworthy way to send money over the Internet--which there isn't--the network is missing a most essential ingredient of capitalism: salespeople.
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