What would happen if the world had no Internet?


Hey. I was BORN and LIVED in a world without Internet for most of my life!

It was pretty much the same as now, except people spent more time sitting in front of the TV than computers.

It wasn’t until I was in my thirties that I even saw a personal computer. As kids, we all had plastic guns and played Combat. We ran in the woods and swam in the reservoir. We dug tunnels!

I even strung a wire. A single bell wire, from my house, all the way to my cousin’s house up the street. We used the ground as the ground. Literally. The wire was one side of the circuit, the water pipe the other, and we were able to send Morse code to each other.

We had acorn fights in the fall and snowball fights in the winter. We went to school and hid under desks for drills in case there was a nuclear war with the Russians. I learned to type on a mechanical typewriter, a skill I find very useful now inside my Linux box.

I’m 63, soon to be 64. I’m a baby boomer, born in 1953. I grew up on black and white TV. My Uncle Henry had the first color TV on the block. We’d all go to his house to watch the only color TV shows on the air at the time: the CBS evening news with Walter Cronkite followed by Bonanza, every Wednesday.

We never locked the car or the house even though we were 35 miles from New York City. Had a dog and a cat. A great childhood and a great life!

Author: Wayne Boyd

Wayne Edward Boyd was born in Morristown, New Jersey in 1953. He is a published author, former ISKCON sannyasi, and traveler, having lived on 3 continents and visited 37 countries. He presently lives in Amarillo, Texas working as a correctional officer and has interests in photography, political science and astronomy.

2 thoughts on “What would happen if the world had no Internet?”

  1. Haha, great classic video. I remember it floating around the office’s email nearly 20 years ago.

    People are still people but I also lend credence to the notion that smartphones and Google have rewired people’s brains. It is a lot more than the jump from TV to Internet, because pre-smartphones, you could safely walk away from both and get on with your life. But now I see both the young and the less young glued to their phones like they are little Jack Bauers saving the world. It cannot be healthy to treat one’s phone like a vital external organ.

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    1. When I read the question, I immediately thought of that video. Had to find it. Yes, the world has changed. It always changes and people always think it doesn’t change for the better. Only one thing is certain. It changes. Often the change is in ways we could no foresee. Take the movie 2001 a space odyssey. Back in the sixties we thought we’d have space travel like that at the turn of the century, but nobody envisioned instead we’d have Captain Kirk’s communicator!

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