It’s hard to believe, but only twenty years ago…
There was a time when what you ate for dinner was only interesting to the people with whom you were eating. And you would never – ever – consider taking a picture of your meal.
There was a time when the only reason you watched a family’s photographs or home video was because you were invited to a friend’s home for a meal, and when they offered to show you pictures or video of their trip to Disney, you had no choice.
There was a time when the only way to explain to someone how you were feeling was by telling them, not by showing them a little cartoon face.
There was a time when nobody knew where you were. At any time. Ever.
There was a time when you found out where your old friend went on vacation because you ran into them at the store, and you asked what they’d been up to. Odds were that they didn’t have any pictures on hand to show you.
There was a time when a person went overseas – for business, for pleasure, for ministry – and you only found out what they did because you were in a position to ask. Otherwise, it was a big mystery that they kept to themselves.
There was a time when that person travelling overseas actually had to carry dozens of rolls of film to document their trip, and they were always worried that the airport X-ray machine would erase the pictures.
There was a time when you didn’t see an old friend for years, and then when you did, you had absolutely no idea what they’d been up to.
There was time when you could go to a movie without having heard every last exhausting detail about the making of the movie.
There was a time when the only reason you knew about the lifestyles of the rich and famous was because of a slightly pompous overweight British guy.
There was a time when you had to sit down with paper and a pen and actually hand-write a letter if you wanted to communicate to someone far away. Long distance calls were far too expensive.
There was a time when long-distance mattered when making a phone call.
There was a time when you had to get in a car and drive to a library if you needed to look up information or wanted a free book to read.
There was a time when you had to wait for a local record or video store to get a new release before you could listen or watch it.
There was a time when you had to watch MTV to see a music video.
There was a time when MTV actually played music videos.
There was a time when you had to visit the bank on Fridays or be stuck without any cash for the entire weekend.
There was a time when you didn’t find out news until well after it had happened, and you rarely found out what had happened in other countries.
There was a time when “tag” was a game on the playground, and not a social convention.
There was a time when video games were only available in a cartridge that you had to shove in a game system.
There was a time when a normal idiot with no media connections had no chance of getting anyone at all to care what he or she had to say about anything.
Especially about the way things used to be.
There was a time…
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