Friday, August 17, 2012

Catching up with Montana kids from viral "Internet Prophecy" video

Posted By on Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 10:50 AM

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Back in 1995, a group of Helena fifth-graders recorded a public service announcement with their teacher about a neat new classroom tool called "the World Wide Web." The eight kids—and a cat—talked about all the possibilities of the Internet, and they're script turned out to be prophetic: the chance to chat with a friend in Australia, get soccer scores of a team in Italy and, most notably, read pages upon pages dedicated to cats. A recent post of the video went viral with nearly 1 million views.

Now, The Atlantic has tracked down the PSA's stars, most of whom are still in Montana. In an article posted this morning, Megan Garber reveals how the project came about and re-introduces us to Nancy Scow (working in Helena for the Montana Office of Public Instruction), Carolynn Chaffee (working in IT in Billings) and her cat "Bandit," Marnee Banks (a well-known local TV reporter), and the other kids from the video.

You can see the original PSA below:

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