One Year: 1995

Season 2: Episode 7

Carolyn’s Diary

The first true online diarist blurred the lines between private and public life—and paid a price for her radical transparency.


Episode Notes

The first true online diarist got famous for blurring the lines between private and public life. She also paid a price for her radical transparency.

This episode of One Year was produced by Evan Chung, Madeline Ducharme, and Josh Levin. Mixing by Merritt Jacob.

Sources for This Episode


Smolan, Rick and Jennifer Erwitt. 24 Hours in Cyberspace. London: Macmillan, 1996.


“24 Hours in Cyberspace,” U.S. News & World Report, Oct. 21, 1996.

Andrews, Edmund L. “Senate Supports Severe Penalties on Computer Smut,” New York Times, June 15, 1995.

Carolyn Burke,” Diary History Project, 2000.

Everett-Green, Robert. “There’s No Place Like ‘Home Page,’ ” Globe and Mail, May 4, 1995.

Firth, Simon. “Baring Your Soul to the Web,” Salon, June 30, 1998.

Glaister, Dan. “Tap of the Devil,” the Guardian, July 3, 1995.

Goodsell, Paul. “Exon Bill Would Block Obscenity on Internet,” Omaha World-Herald, March 13, 1995.

Goodsell, Paul. “Exon Went On-Line Before Vote Experience Helped in Debate on Porn,” Omaha World-Herald, June 16, 1995.

Jones, Kathryn. “An Unplugged Congress Stumbles Into Cyberspace,” New York Times, April 3, 1996.

Levy, Steven. “No Place for Kids?” Newsweek, July 2, 1995.


Burke, Carolyn. “Carolyn’s Diary.”


About the Show

The people and struggles that changed America—one year at a time. In each episode, host Josh Levin explores a story you may have forgotten, or one you’ve never heard of before. What were the moments that transformed politics, culture, science, religion, and more? And how does the nation’s past shape our present?

The new season of One Year covers 1995, a year when homegrown terrorists attacked Oklahoma City, America went online, and the Macarena took over nightclubs.

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