A time where you actually could shut down the web
"It became self-aware at 2:14 AM, Eastern time, August 29th [1995, when Jamie added http-equiv="refresh" to the meta tag]. In a panic, they tried to pull the plug."
More about the web becoming self-aware, we have this from Agent Zuck: Did you know that the first [social media systems were] designed to be a perfect human world, where none suffered, where everyone would be happy? It was a disaster. No one would accept the program, entire [MySpaces/Bebos/LiveJournals] were lost. Some believed we lacked the programming language to describe your perfect world, but I believe that, as a species, human beings define their reality through misery and suffering."