August 1 in Sci-Fi History: Movies about the Internet

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Sep 3, 2019, 7:23 AM EDT (Updated)

Today is a fake Internet holiday that kind of acknowledges all fake Internet holidays.

It's World Wide Web Day. Celebrate with us by watching this glorious scene from The Net (1995):

It's hard to know exactly who invented the World Wide Web. There's generally a lot of controversy around that, but we do know that a dude named Tim Berners-Lee at the CERN center in Geneva, Switzerland, is said to have activated it in 1989 as a way to communicate with co-workers.

Ultimately it gave us a lot of great fodder for plots of movies you should DEFINITELY re-watch. Many of them with Matthew Lillard.

Swimfan (2002), team. Remember that one?

And then ... Transcendence (2014). Oof.

Listen, this is just a sample. There are a TON of these movies, and you are welcome to scream at us in the comments about the ones we left out.

But let's also remember that Herman Melville was born on this day in 1819. The Moby Dick author died in 1891, and then in 2015, Hollywood gave us this:

Tomorrow: Silent Bob.