To all the people complaining about "normies" using the internet on their smartphones, you need to realize that to the generation before you, you too were once considered "the normies": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eternal_September
They kind of did, if you look further down the line. Seriously. Modern "SUVs"? Really? Something so stupid only normies could come up with it.It’s the same with any technology. You get a period of experimentation in the early days, then it becomes normalised, then it becomes universal. There were probably a bunch of dudes in the 1920s bitching about how normies ruined automobiles.
The old E/N site forums were charming. A lot like here, actually. But even the big popular forums had a bit of the edgy wild-west internetting to it. SomethingAwful used to be a hoot. But the proto-SJW cat ladies got admin powers around 2004-5 and banned anyone creative or fun (while protecting the sickest fucks imaginable because they were asshole buddies) and it shifted rather quickly into a sanitized hugbox.I actually really miss old forums from the early 2000s as well, because they were smaller communities and you really got to know the people involved, it wasn't one hodgepodge of shrieking, shit flinging monkeys like Reddit or Facebook.
I miss the wild west days of the internetAge plays a big part I think. You were younger, the internet was only just beginning to get into the mainstream so everything felt new and exciting because to you it was new and exciting. It hadn't been oversaturated by normies yet, the internet was still mostly a place for geeks and people passionate about their hobbies looking to connect with others instead of trying to make a quick buck.
I actually really miss old forums from the early 2000s as well, because they were smaller communities and you really got to know the people involved, it wasn't one hodgepodge of shrieking, shit flinging monkeys like Reddit or Facebook.
The internet then was still in it's Wild West days. It hadn't been taken over by corporations and marketed and stylized for normies.