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2014-08-24 11:58:15 PM  
It was nice. The Interet really has farked up a lot of shiat.
 
2014-08-25 12:00:20 AM  
I remember when the world was in black and white.
 
2014-08-25 12:02:31 AM  
I would have killed to have the internet as a teenager. Wow my dating life would have been a mess.
 
2014-08-25 12:18:12 AM  
I remember as a kid my dad dropping me off at the bowling alley on Saturday mornings and me having to make sure I had some quarters handy to call home when I needed to be picked up.

I remember having to make sure I had a paper road map when going on a road trip so that I could find where I was going.

I remember having to use the phone book to look up business numbers.

I remember being able to do stupid stuff with friends like go skinny dipping, running around the park after dark naked, and playing strip monopoly, or crash a college kegger without having to worry about someone taking photos of it and posting them online (and now that I think about it, my group of friends apparently had a thing for public nudity).

Aside from that last one, I think the connected world has been a great benefit.  I do feel sorry for today's kids though as they're growing up in a self-imposed 24/7 surveillance state.
 
2014-08-25 12:54:15 AM  
I honestly still can't comprehend how people did white collar work before email.

I also believe soon kids will be amazed we had to drive ourselves and killed 40000 people a year to do it.
 
2014-08-25 01:19:16 AM  
Ah yes, the gay nineties - ballroom dancing, bi-planes, Casey would waltz with the strawberry blonde on my player piano, the Spanish-American War and the kinetoscope. Good times, good times. And darn that Grover Cleveland, amirite?
 
2014-08-25 01:25:04 AM  

m3000: I honestly still can't comprehend how people did white collar work before email.

I also believe soon kids will be amazed we had to drive ourselves and killed 40000 people a year to do it.


Self-driving cars? As a Gen-X'er, I'd be OK with those in the near future (20-30 years)....but I don't think the Boomers will be accepting of that tech, even if they're over 90 and shouldn't be driving anyways....

/ Some of my fellow Gen-X'ers are going to be reluctant to hand over the keys in their old age as well...
 
2014-08-25 01:28:32 AM  

m3000: I honestly still can't comprehend how people did white collar work before email.


Phone calls, meetings, memos on paper and distributed to everyone, actually physically walking over to your co-worker's cubicle to discuss something... Yeah, crazy stuff, I know. But apparently that's how it was really done. ;)
 
2014-08-25 01:51:06 AM  

m3000: I honestly still can't comprehend how people did white collar work before email.


markdroberts.com

Also

news.bbcimg.co.uk
 
2014-08-25 02:04:09 AM  
It was neither better nor worse than the world we live in today.

It was better before. While it is great to have such a resource at our fingertips. People would actually go outside and accomplish things rather than being glued to a phone or computer hoping someone likes their self portrait or the picture of what they had for lunch.
 
2014-08-25 02:27:04 AM  
There's also a gap of people who used the Internet/BBS structure before the WWWeb.  For one thing, we all know how to pronounce "gif" correctly.
 
2014-08-25 03:02:40 AM  

Kenny B: It was neither better nor worse than the world we live in today.

It was better before. While it is great to have such a resource at our fingertips. People would actually go outside and accomplish things rather than being glued to a phone or computer hoping someone likes their self portrait or the picture of what they had for lunch.


What did they accomplish?
 
2014-08-25 03:26:07 AM  
When the EMP pulse from the Sun wipes it all out, I will have skilz again.
 
2014-08-25 05:44:24 AM  
'Born before 1985'?

Umm...I was born in 1987 and remember life before we got the internet. We didn't really get it until about 1995 or 1996. Really, we didn't have wide spread use of it until we got a cable modem in 1998 or 1999. It wasn't always a well connected world

Technically a form of it has been available since ARPAnet...just not to the public. So get of your high horse, Smug Author.
 
2014-08-25 06:13:59 AM  
i was around 25 when internet became widely available in my city. i think it was the mid 90's

it's a real shame, because i had to do university without it.

/off my lawn
 
2014-08-25 06:19:30 AM  

m3000: I honestly still can't comprehend how people did white collar work before email.

I also believe soon kids will be amazed we had to drive ourselves and killed 40000 people a year to do it.


They will also wonder why no one blamed Obama while being busy turning Michael Brown into Jesus Christ.
 
2014-08-25 06:33:17 AM  
Its so terrible that I need another three trophies just to get to my mid-morning pre-siesta.
 
2014-08-25 06:34:00 AM  
My uncle , when he had meetings in Orlando, use to drop his daughter and I off at Disney,with admission money and $20 for the day. ( $ 20 was like 200 back then.) We had to be outside the gates at 5pm, or the oldest daughter (a pita)would have to pick us up. ( they lived an hour away.

We never died.

Two white girls pretty ugh boots.
 
2014-08-25 06:34:15 AM  

grokca: I remember when the world was in black and white.


And it turned off at midnight
 
2014-08-25 06:35:06 AM  
Pre- ugh boots.
 
2014-08-25 06:41:35 AM  
I remember having to wait for late-night Cinemax for my porn fix. I tried to watch porn on Cinemax the other night. It was awful. Too much panting and moaning. Not enough screaming.
 
2014-08-25 06:45:31 AM  
I shudder to think of how farked up my teenage years would have got if the internet existed. I mean we did all kinds of worryingly bizarre shiat as it was but I cannot see how I avoid prison with the internet in the mix
 
2014-08-25 06:45:58 AM  
We had to look things up in encyclopedias and if your family wasn't rich enough to have a set you had to go to a library to research.  And the index of the books in the library was in a bank of tiny drawers filled with index cards called the "card catalog".  It was a magical place.
 
2014-08-25 06:53:47 AM  

Confabulat: Kenny B: It was neither better nor worse than the world we live in today.

It was better before. While it is great to have such a resource at our fingertips. People would actually go outside and accomplish things rather than being glued to a phone or computer hoping someone likes their self portrait or the picture of what they had for lunch.

What did they accomplish?


They accomplished.. the creation of the internet :p
 
2014-08-25 07:09:08 AM  
Was the article titled "porn stash in the woods?"
 
2014-08-25 07:13:26 AM  
It would suck to be a aged 10 to 25 today with everything being photographed and plopped on the internet.  School would be much better today though.  Being dyslexic, writing papers long hand suck donkey balls.  Having a word processors available would probably have raised my GPA by 1 point.  On the other hand, having all the porn at my finger tips would probably have lowered it back down by a point.

When I was a kid we had to rub it out to scrambled cable and the poster that came with Queen's "Jazz" album and we liked it.
 
2014-08-25 07:19:55 AM  
You mean like before people were all so socially awkward?

/it was pretty damn nice.
//but don't take my internet away
///it's pretty damn nice too
 
2014-08-25 07:20:42 AM  
Without the internet, I'd sit home my days and nights and read books.  With the internet, I sit home days and nights and read webpages.  The only discernible differences are the variety of source material and the amount of back light my eyes are exposed to, so it is a give and take.
 
2014-08-25 07:25:29 AM  

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: Was the article titled "porn stash in the woods?"


Hah! If it wasn't for the internet, I'd still believe that MY childhood porn-stash-in-the-woods was unique.

/kept it in one of those bucket-sized cans that potato chips used to come in

//recently re-acquired the September 1978 issue of Penthouse that I remembered having back then (thanks eBay!) and couldn't believe how familiar it all was, right down to the ads.
 
2014-08-25 07:36:13 AM  
I remember life before the Internet, before cable tv, before video games, before Star Wars, before Reganomics, before the microwave, before cell phones, before PC's, and before Weird Al.
 
2014-08-25 07:36:25 AM  

Ambivalence: We had to look things up in encyclopedias and if your family wasn't rich enough to have a set you had to go to a library to research.  And the index of the books in the library was in a bank of tiny drawers filled with index cards called the "card catalog".  It was a magical place.


oh god do I miss card catalogs. I want one in my house, just to have. I had to explain what tapes and records were to my oldest a few weeks ago. It was weird.
 
2014-08-25 07:36:43 AM  
No boob threads on Fark.
Oh.
 
2014-08-25 07:37:51 AM  
Back in the day when people thought the world was flat and ate pieces of shiat for breakfast?

Ugh, no thanks.
 
2014-08-25 07:39:59 AM  
Heck I'm still amazed by cell phones. When I was in college not a single person I knew had one. We all still had a land line. And as a kid the underwear section in the catalog was as close to porn as you got until you found your dads playboys.
 
2014-08-25 07:43:24 AM  

Shakin_Haitian: Back in the day when people thought the world was flat and ate pieces of shiat for breakfast?

Ugh, no thanks.


ts1.mm.bing.net
 
2014-08-25 07:46:55 AM  
Oh how things have changed.  For example, we can't bust heads like we used to. But we have our ways. One trick is to tell stories that don't go anywhere. Like the time I caught the ferry to Shelbyville. I needed a new heel for m'shoe. So I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on 'em. "Gimme five bees for a quarter," you'd say. Now where were we... oh yeah. The important thing was that I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time. I didn't have any white onions, because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones...
 
2014-08-25 07:49:11 AM  
World was a better place.  Now it's one big pain in the ass.

/lawn, off it
 
2014-08-25 07:50:45 AM  

Tellingthem: Heck I'm still amazed by cell phones. When I was in college not a single person I knew had one. We all still had a land line.


I occasionally get the completely irrational idea that if I see two people talking on a cell phone they must be talking to each other.

/I also once tried select a line of text on a page by placing a highlighter at the start of the line and then moving it down one line
//It took me a few seconds to realise why that didn't work
 
2014-08-25 07:52:32 AM  

m3000: I honestly still can't comprehend how people did white collar work before email.


www.retailhellunderground.com

They used a series of tubes.
 
2014-08-25 07:55:25 AM  
I remember, I'm 41...

I like to watch old TV shows on Netflix (Magnum PI, for example) and I love when there is a plot point that would not exist today- such as having to find a payphone to call someone, taking a picture and then needing to find someone to develop it and blow it up, having to go to the library or have your friends go for you if you need to research something... I do like the easy access to people and information that we have today because of cellphones, Internet, and email but I do sometimes miss the simpler times when a phone call seemed more important because of the relative rarity and finding information made you somewhat of a detective...
 
2014-08-25 08:02:39 AM  

bearded clamorer: m3000: I honestly still can't comprehend how people did white collar work before email.

[www.retailhellunderground.com image 500x396]

They used a series of tubes.


They still do to the various buildings all over that make up the Mayo Clinic complex.
 
2014-08-25 08:02:41 AM  
I built an entire life, an entire identity, around being "the guy who knows a lot of things". Quick, does anyone know the capital of Bulgaria? Ask Mr_Fab, he knows shiat like that. Who was the original bass player for Steely Dan? Yeah, I'm yer guy.

It takes total commitment to be the answer guy. Or took, rather.

Because now, any arsehole with a phone in his goddamn pocket knows as much as I do. And facts are less valuable than dirt.
 
2014-08-25 08:02:50 AM  
There were no LOLcats, just "Hang in there,baby!" posters.
 
2014-08-25 08:03:58 AM  

bearded clamorer: m3000: I honestly still can't comprehend how people did white collar work before email.

[www.retailhellunderground.com image 500x396]

They used a series of tubes.


Not a dump truck?
 
2014-08-25 08:07:51 AM  

Mr_Fabulous: I built an entire life, an entire identity, around being "the guy who knows a lot of things". Quick, does anyone know the capital of Bulgaria? Ask Mr_Fab, he knows shiat like that. Who was the original bass player for Steely Dan? Yeah, I'm yer guy.

It takes total commitment to be the answer guy. Or took, rather.

Because now, any arsehole with a phone in his goddamn pocket knows as much as I do. And facts are less valuable than dirt.


Wasn't it great when somebody would exclaim "why do you know that!"
 
2014-08-25 08:10:36 AM  
Seeing as the Internet was invented sometime in the late '60s or early '70s, the generation that remembers life before it existing is pretty old now. For the most part though, anyone born before about 2002 probably remembers life before the Internet became super pervasive. Unless you were born in Silicon Valley or something, the Internet wasn't really a cultural force to anyone outside of nerd-dom until, what, MySpace?

/I remember a time when I had a long-term memory instead of Google
 
2014-08-25 08:17:45 AM  
You use to have to go to your friends house to play Legos with them like a barbarian.
 
2014-08-25 08:20:30 AM  
That would be mine. Virtually anyone younger than me has no earthly idea what "dial-up" is and virtually no one older than me isn't telling me to get off their lawn.

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: /I remember a time when I had a long-term memory instead of Google


You too?! I keep a few books around just in case the world collapses, but honestly I think the Internet as a whole has given us the ability to be more critical thinkers and less rote memorizers (not that people are actually taking advantage of it).
 
2014-08-25 08:24:44 AM  
I am glad to didn't go to college now.  For one, I got a better education not being able to cheat using Google.  Two, I would have never gotten laid because I would have just been fapping in my dorm room 24/7.
 
2014-08-25 08:26:08 AM  

syrynxx: There's also a gap of people who used the Internet/BBS structure before the WWWeb.  For one thing, we all know how to pronounce "gif" correctly.


ahh my childhood was the BBS days.  Not only do I pronounce "GIF" correctly, I know who invented the format and I have used cshow.
 
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