Friday, February 13, 2009

Coming of age in the Internet age

I think one of the first Internet experiences I had was using Prodigy at my friend Scott's house in about 1992. It was slow, clunky and I don't even know if I knew what the point was at the time, but hey, fancy computer thing!

It wasn't until a couple of years later that I believe Jason, home from college and hip to this whole "Interwebz," had a computer with dial-up internet access in our parents' house. I would occasionally log on to check out news from bands I liked, and specifically remember learning of Soundgarden's breakup from their website in 1997. It was also around this time that I would go over to my friend Tony's house and go into AOL chat rooms trying to convince dudes that we were a hot woman. Lest ye judge, keep in mind that we were not setting anything on fire or stealing liquor.

I got my first computer in 2000 or so, which is when I started blogging. Having my own little portal to the outside world (thankfully we had a second phone line) was an amazing experience, especially at the time (Napster was hot, blogging was still a smallish community, and Facebook didn't exist yet). Since then, I've been thankful to have my brain slowly replaced by such a huge database of information and videos of celebrity rants.


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