- Dec 7, 2021
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I was born in 2001, so I have no real idea how cool the world was back then, I'd like y'all to share your experiences with me so I can know more
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You captured how I feel about the early to mid 2000s brilliantly. Thank you!Welcome abord!
Pre 2001 had an optimism about it. Computer tech and the net were new and the anticipaton of the future was exciting. The Y2K aesthetic that you see referenced today was very much our idea of the future. Our version of the future was nothing like what we got clearly. The country wasn't so polarized as it is today and the world seemed a lot bigger then. For the first time in chat rooms on places like eWorld and AOL we were talking to people on the other side of the globe. Free to be yourself because you were able to be truly anonymous. School life didn't follow you home unless you wanted it to. Being connected was something you chose to do. We talked more on the phone with friends. I can remember having hours long converstations with people about nothing. There were payphones everywhere so you didn't need a cell phone. If you had a cellphone you would turn it off most of the time unless you were expecting a call. It was a good time to experience. Everything seemed brighter compared to now. We thought y2k meant the future would arrive fast. I think being in high school in the late 90s to 2000 was the perfect time. If only things stayed on course.
9/11 wasn't even the turning point really. People came together at that time. People were nicer and everyone was patriotic. There were flags EVERYWHERE. Based on how the world felt in 2002....I really don't know how we ended up in this dystopian nightmare. We had problems back then, but they seemed resolvable.
I think smart phones really started the downward spiral. The death of pay phones meant that you were forced to carry your always on device. Then the second was the loss of being just a screen name on the net. Now people were using real names and social media. The internet went from exploring the world to chatting with people sitting next to you, then to showing everyone how great you are.
That's the thing, when I go on the wayback machine or any Geocities archive, I find a lot of sites with blinkies, stamps and bumper stickers that are very patriotic RIGHT ON THE FRONT PAGE, some even have whole shrine pages dedicated to just the USA, and how great it is to be an American. Today, JUST having a large America flag in the background of a video or pic is enough for people to label you as a clown.People were nicer and everyone was patriotic. There were flags EVERYWHERE.
I recall mailing out money orders to buy Magic: The Gathering cards over ebay as a teenager in the late 90s. You had to go out and buy this physical piece of paper, mail it to the seller, and then wait for them to mail you your purchase.That said, the other component, and this is huge, is something most Americans cannot imagine- accepting credit cards was not universal at businesses. It was not required and very normal to see companies, especially small business, dealing in cash only. Business in general was conducted face to face, and eBay was a rather rare exception to the rule.
There's a Disney Channel movie called Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century that came out in 1999. Everything before 2005 was like that, basically.I was born in 2001, so I have no real idea how cool the world was back then, I'd like y'all to share your experiences with me so I can know more
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