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Before The Internet

I miss the times before the internet.

Big words for someone who’s been practically living on the internet for more than a decade, but let me explain.

I was lucky enough to be born at the beginning of the 80’s… a shitty decade, mind you that, but a very pure and simple one; so I did my growing up in the 80’s, and by mid 90’s I was already a cheeky little teenager.

I was a happy kid, running around with the boys always climbing on trees and riding my bike… bloody knees was my second name, we used to catch bugs in jars and lay around in the grass and have secret gangs and secret words and we only came back home to eat dinner when our moms shouted our names through the window, and we went shooting cans in the woods with an air rifle, and made up our own games, and let me tell you, it was fucking perfect. you didn’t need no cell phone to remind you things because everything was just written on the back of your hand, and you didn’t care who was “in a relationship” with who because 10 minuets earlier you got a little piece of paper thrown at you in class with all the exclusive details about X kissing Y behind school, and it was fun, and it was real, and it was… simple.

I was a teenager when the internet became usable in a way that is sociable enough to actually consider, I’m a very curious cat in my nature, and it fascinated me to a whole new level. before I knew it I was sucked in, never to be spat out again. it was around 1998 when I started hanging around the mIRC community, just as everyone on the local scene in Israel did. we had our special “room” and everyone knew everyone and it was one big internet party, oh we felt so clever you know? with our shitty computers and dead slow dial up connections and room leaders (called @ps) gosh how cool were they, and all the small town dramas and man, it was pretty fucking exciting for a 16 y/o punk rocker… and that’s what it was all about:

Funny, right?

I’ve been a hardcore internet “user” for almost 15 years now. that’s a long, long time. I’ve seen it rise like a phoenix from the ground, and turning from a little golden bird to an almighty, fire spitting dragon. you can’t escape the internet today, you can’t live without it, technology is ruling people’s life in every way and aspect – but not mine… not mine.
Being in a constant state of “AFK” gives me a much needed peace of mind, and makes my brain go silent rather than have it working over time, like it did in the past when I was constantly face buried in my computer screen. thankfully, I despise using my smart phone just as much, which is another item I can cross myself off it’s user-list… fucking stress induced gadgets.

In the past couple of years, my feelings / excitement levels toward the internet has changed drastically;
here’s a little graph explaining just that:

I cannot put my finger on what changed exactly, I know I have, and as a result…
it’s 2013 – and I’m fucking BORED of the internet.
I barley spend any time in front of the computer now days (prior to 2011, I could have easily be glued to the screen for more than 5 hours a day without even blinking) I now only spend time staring at the screen when I need to scan/process my photos, talk to my family/friends over seas on Skype, and update my websites, which takes approximately one hour a day.
Surfing the internet these days makes me quite uneasy, everything and everyone is recycled and repeated, there’s barley anything original and exciting anymore (there are very, very few… hats down!) and overall I just miss that kick I used to get while surfing the internet 5 years ago, instead, it just feels dull.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved the internet once. we’ve been through happy times and rough times, I’ve made good and bad friends through it, it helped me accomplish my brand and take my photography to places it probably wouldn’t reach otherwise, and I have googled more stupid questions than should be legally allowed… however, I can’t help but feeling I’ve reached the end of the highway and I’m now headed toward a quite country road… one I’ve been wanting to ride through for a very long time.*

Partly reminiscing… a bit of a rant… but mainly, just food for thought.

* yes, I speak in metaphors, so the last line is open for your interpretation.

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14 Comments

  • May 30, 2013 at 21:29
    Sen

    I used to love the internet too and now I am bored of it, but it also freaks me out. Priorities of the internet culture nowadays are messed up.

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  • May 30, 2013 at 19:25

    people are always astonished that i still don’t have a smart phone. i feel like internet is something you do at home, alone, and when you are are out having a conversation or spending time with someone it is rude to be button mashing with your head down! you really lose the magic of moment when you are trying to think what is the best instamatic filter for this picture and how many retweets will this get. :|
    good on you for internet rejection, hooray for more real-life adventures! <3

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    • May 30, 2013 at 22:43

      Indeed! Many people just don’t seem to get the fact they lose all that magic when they’re walking around heads down their phones… sad, really.

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  • May 30, 2013 at 14:48

    one of the things i LOVE about the internet is that it allows me to see your stunning images and read your deep and heartfelt thoughts. much of the rest of it i can take or leave…..but every now and then i am exposed to something very special. you, my dear, are in that category. please, never leave me:)

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    • May 30, 2013 at 22:41

      Leaving is a process I guess, eventually I will be around no more… but you know where to find me so don’t you worry darling :)

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  • May 30, 2013 at 13:55

    How I miss those days “I was a happy kid, running around with the boys always climbing on trees and riding my bike… bloody knees was my second name, we used to catch bugs in jars and lay around in the grass and have secret gangs and secret words and we only came back home to eat dinner when our moms shouted our names through the window..” =(

    Now kid have their ipad at 5 years old, sometimes before, that’s a really sad world

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    • May 30, 2013 at 22:46

      Yeah.. watching my 17 y/o brother who practically grew up on a fucking keyboard makes me wonder how worse is it gonna get for future generations….

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  • May 30, 2013 at 01:30
    Veronika

    i agree..
    i remember i ‘ve always love blogs and my first experiences with internet was around 2001 when i was just excited searching for pictures of my favorite cartoon…
    nowdays Internet is all about memes and stupid 4chan images.. i know they used to amused me and i had fun looking for all those things. but damn! yes, it’s so boring finding the sames “jokes” everywhere.. let’s get our lives back outside, talking with friends face to face..

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    • May 30, 2013 at 09:10

      Exactly! no one’s just “hanging out” anymore without it involve 30 diff cell phone cameras pointing at everything/everyone at any given moment.

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  • May 30, 2013 at 00:25

    Amen.

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  • May 29, 2013 at 19:04

    Yep, that is me.
    Like reading in my own diary, because I had one and only many years later I had a blog.
    In that sense alone, we are so much alike.
    I miss the simpler times as well. I miss them a lot.

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    • May 30, 2013 at 09:09

      I’m not saying we’re old, but I guess we belong to different times eh… :)

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  • May 29, 2013 at 18:24
    Ayala

    Well, that’s my life you’re talking about here…mIRC and shit
    Born in 1984 I hear you sister, I wish something will happen to all this technology like in the movies, and we’ll have to learn to live without it! :/

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    • May 30, 2013 at 09:08

      heheh yup! you know that TV series Revolution? I wish a blackout like that will happen in reality.

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