Karl Schnapp represents some of my own feelings toward the many "historical" events chronicled in the book; he writes that "some of the events and changes you'll consider 'history' still haven't arrived at my campus" (14). This is true of many two- and four-year colleges, especially the one at which I currently teach. (I wrote with a colleague of my struggles to acquire access to parallel technologies described in the book in a recent TETYC release.)
Learning of the advancements that happened five and ten years ago (networking, World Wide Web documents, on-line courses, etc.) is sort of like reading about far off worlds; certainly, they are based upon reality but not entirely real here. Whether this is a context of enthusiasm, in other words, as the writers characterize the 1990s, depends itself upon one's own environment. The voices of many schools and programs don't make it into most of this "field's" history.