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Doc surfs the internet at Hill Valley Public Library.

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"Only if it turns out that reality is actually nothing more than a holographic illusion created by the interplay of subatomic particles on a vast two-dimensional membrane."

This article covers a subject that has been deemed non-canon by either the author or the Back to the Future licensees, and thus should not be taken as a part of the "real" Back to the Future universe.

The internet was a system of computer networks that linked computers together worldwide. It was available in 2015.

In the original timeline, the internet was accessible on computers in public libraries. Vast information was collected on collaborative websites such as Wikipedia.

In the timeline that was created after Marty McFly burned the Grays Sports Almanac in 1955, the internet was used to deliver digital versions of newspapers. Emmett Brown had a transparent tablet computer that he used to view the digital version of the Hill Valley Telegraph.

Teenagers enjoyed posting selfies on social networks.

One popular social network was ThingMeme by GriffTech. The service, which allowed inanimate objects to post selfies, was started on June 13, 2032. On October 21, 2045, Griff Tannen uploaded a virus to ThingMeme that displayed the word butthead on all devices around the world. The virus short circuited the Mr. Fusion network and led to explosions in the tiny nuclear reactors in all one hundred million of the units. After Doc rewrote that timeline by preventing the invention of the Mr. Fusion, the internet was shown to still exist, but it is unclear whether GriffTech and ThingMeme existed in the new timeline.

Behind the scenes

  • The internet, the tablet computer, selfies, and social networks were a major part of the story of Doc Brown Saves the World, which brought 2015 more in line with how it actually exists in the real world.
  • The fourth issue of Back to the Future: Untold Tales and Alternate Timelines told the story of when Doc Brown first visited 2015, before he came back to pick up Marty and Jennifer. Like Doc Brown Saves the World before it, it brings in modern technology that actually exists into 2015. However, unlike the previous story, this story takes place before the events of Back to the Future Part II. Doc Brown accessed Wikipedia on the internet at the library.


  • The internet does exist, although thankfully it's not possible to use it to take control all of the world's devices.


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