posted on Oct, 17 2015 @ 09:05 PM
Before the internet, there were dial-up bulletin board systems, but those were usually hobbies, game playing, demos or other types of entertainment.
Prestel and Teletext were probably the only other digital media. Access to USENET was the preserve of academic and industrial researchers. Anything
political was left to the alt.social* forums.
Communication at high school was through the school notice board and by parents telephone.
Personal access to the Internet via dial-up modem happened around 1994. Personal websites were either academic or Geocities.
Today, high school communication involves instant chat services, video uploading, and email. All those seedy video stores and adult entertainment
shops that used to be in the poor end of the city are now directly available on anything with a display. There aren't any video cassettes anymore,
just smart-cards and downloadable content. It's ironic that while charities were telling parents to move computers into the living room where parents
could see them, there was an explosion in wi-fi and mobile connectivity.