Ping ya later ... or Isn't the Internet Awesome!

The first cell phone
Think of all the awesomeness that is the Internet. Not only has it created a new lexicon, but we have all those uber cute icons. I don't need to list the things we all use the Internet for because you're probably doing at least a few of them now as you read this blog post. So let's thank those aliens from outer space, geeks, really smart people who invented the Internet.


Without the Internet I wouldn't be able to say: "thanks for blurbing me on your blog." Followed, of course, by the ubiquitous smiley face icon.


I wouldn't be able to ping or poke you, or flip you an email.


Crazy cat videos would be all but non-existent.


I wouldn't be able to say, sarcastically or not, isn't there an app for that?


You'd have to be happy with your once a year Christmas letter that's all about me rather than constant  blog, Face Book, and Twitter updates that are all about me.


The terms upload and download would have no meaning - there would only be unload the groceries from the car or the dishes from the dishwasher.


I wouldn't be able to video chat with my writer buddy Jocosa of the Earrings in the comfort of my sasquatch writing cave wearing my sweat pants. Back in the olden days (aka the 80s) 'they' said that video conferencing would never catch on because women wouldn't want to be seen in the morning without their hair done and make up on. Really, the wheels of industry would grind to a halt because I wouldn't want to be seen with curlers in my hair? But I digress.


Here's a clip of the Today Show from the early 90s where they get into a deep philosophical discussion about the @ sign and then move on to the more important paradigm shifting question of 'what is the Internet anyway'?



Get a hold of how big Jerry's home phone is in this clip from the 90s.


 

Comments

Both clips are a hoot, but that first one--Hilarious. Reminds me of my own reluctance to take the technological plunge. Thanks for making me laugh jan.
Jan Markley said…
Glad to make you laugh! It is amazing how quickly the technology has changed and how we laugh at the whole 'what is the internet' thing b/c it's such a natural part of our lives now.