The Prodigy service was my first exposure to the online world, and for many years, I lived a thriving online life on their web forums discussing horror movies and science fiction books with fellow proto-Internet nerds. Watching this vintage ad, I get a bit nostalgic for those days, before emoticons went anthropomorphic and a sarcastic or teasing remark was softened by a <s> or a <g>.
But that’s not to say this isn’t vintage late 80s awfulness. The two businessmen’s conversation is particularly interesting: “I’m making money, I’m making money… with THIS finger,” one enthusiastically says, and waggles. The camera cuts away as his colleague leans in for a sniff.