I came across a bit on Facebook today about being a "70's baby" and part of "the last generation to play in the street" and "walk over a mile without worrying about being taken." And what a swell time we all had without the Internet.
Here's the piece I'm talking about:
Of course I enjoyed some of the things on that laundry list too (*), as anyone who grew up then would. But I have mixed feelings about it.
Kids still play in the street on my block. Kids are still at very little risk of being taken, although today there's a lot more fearmongering about it. Child abuse was harder to prosecute in the past (to say nothing of what priests got up to). And if you were the closest thing to a gay kid your town had to offer, you could count on being randomly punched from a moving car at some point. Which is one of the reasons I have always backed up queer folks and always will.
I had no peers I could talk to daily who shared my interests until high school, and being a part of the evolution of the Internet was part of my solution to that problem. My daughter faces a different set of challenges. But feeling alone in the universe is not one of them.
The future, and the positive attitude toward all things nerdy that came with it, really couldn't arrive soon enough for me. Along with the love and support of my parents, the future saved my life and gave it meaning and purpose.
(*) Atari 2600 represent
Tags: future, history, seventies, tom's life