“On the Internet, Nobody Knows You’re a Dog”

By Deane Barker on March 4, 2013

On the Internet, Nobody Knows You’re a Dog: Hard to believe this cartoon is almost 20 years old.  Almost harder to believe it was published in 1993, when not a lot of people knew what this “Internet” thing even was.

The New Yorker published a cartoon by artist Peter Steiner on July 5th, 1993, which featured an illustration of a dog seated at a computer telling his canine companion that “on the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog” (shown below). Years later on December 14th, 2000, The New York Times published an interview with Steiner in an article titled “Cartoon Captures Spirit of the Internet,” noting that the cartoon did not receive much attention initially, but steadily grew in popularity over many years

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