When I was in the 7th grade, the student anchors reporting from the Channel One hacienda, which included a young Lisa Ling, began doing a week-long segment about “The Information Superhighway” and all the promises it held in making access available to people 24/7 no matter where they were. It’s hard to believe that was only 13 years ago.
I wasn’t all that young when I first got internet access at home. I was 15 years old and using the computer The Dream Factory had given me per my “special request”. I asked my mom for her credit card so I could join AOL while she was distracted entertaining guests and trying to keep me out of her hair, and never looked back.
When I was in 1st grade, I would call up my best friend, since I had to come straight home from school, and we would watch cartoons together over the phone. It drove my mom nuts how we would spend the afternoon just laughing and not saying much to each other while we watched the same thing on TV.
I wrote more often…the only way I could talk to children from around the globe was through penpals and I had quite a few. Now I can go onto game boards and play with people from all sorts of countries.
The only films I could watch were the ones on TV and on video…and if you’re from a small(-minded) town like mine, there’s not much selection as far as independent or international films go. Thank you atomfilms.com!
My only non-fiction information tended to be a few years old at least unless it came from a magazine. I had to hunt for specific information in many different places before I might find something closely related to the topic I wanted to learn about. Now, I just google the keywords. That especially goes for song lyrics for which there was no viable resource.
What else did I do before the internet? I typed much more slowly than I do now, even though I had taken typing classes in elementary school. Part of that was that I totally looked down at the keyboard despite being fairly accurate at typing, but recently, I’ve broken that habit…kinda how I learned how to ride a bike (after unknowingly becoming good at balancing), by finally taking my feet off the ground and putting them on the pedals.
I simultaneously blog and keep a journal (of which I have recently written page 146). And I still like writing letters and emphasize the importance of nice handwriting, although any work I hand out is typed (typed? not keyboarded?). I still can’t imagine my life without the internet. Where else can I read the diaries of my school friends, travel around to and zoom into any place on Earth including my own apartment, and put up pictures of my niece and nephew for a few hundred people to see?
I the Internet!