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Trapped in a social media existence

Parker Knox
Published: Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Remember the golden years? Circa 1994 for example?
Our phone messages came by phone. You know, that device that hung on the wall or sat on the desk. If we were in a car going from one place to another, the next time we would take or make a phone call would be whenever we stopped and got to an actual phone.
At the newspaper office our news items came in by the phone, over the front counter or in the mail. I wonder if any paper today gets anything from anybody that way. When I tagged along on high school band trips, I wrote my column in longhand (on paper with a pen!), then found a fax machine on which to send it back to the office!
News of our families and friends came from them! In person or over the phone or perhaps in a letter. You know, that piece of paper stuck inside an envelope sent through the U.S. Mail with a postage stamp on the front?
We received news—good and bad—via the human grapevine. People talked to each other, even face to face. What a concept!
News of the world around us came via bulletins on the radio stations, from the daily papers or from the Associated Press teletype machine.
But here we are, 20 years later, and almost every form of communication comes into our pockets, our purses or our computers. I guess it’s progress.

Remember the golden years? Circa 1994 for example?

Our phone messages came by phone. You know, that device that hung on the wall or sat on the desk. If we were in a car going from one place to another, the next time we would take or make a phone call would be whenever we stopped and got to an actual phone.

At the newspaper office our news items came in by the phone, over the front counter or in the mail. I wonder if any paper today gets anything from anybody that way. When I tagged along on high school band trips, I wrote my column in longhand (on paper with a pen!), then found a fax machine on which to send it back to the office!

News of our families and friends came from them! In person or over the phone or perhaps in a letter. You know, that piece of paper stuck inside an envelope sent through the U.S. Mail with a postage stamp on the front?

We received news—good and bad—via the human grapevine. People talked to each other, even face to face. What a concept!

News of the world around us came via bulletins on the radio stations, from the daily papers or from the Associated Press teletype machine.

But here we are, 20 years later, and almost every form of communication comes into our pockets, our purses or our computers. I guess it’s progress.

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