Many days I’m on the road for work. I drive around New England meeting different, excellent people. It’s a very good gig. But somedays, I’m in the office.
In between executing tasks for work, I’ll check the internet. That’s pretty typical for my day and I imagine (since you’re reading this) probably something you do as well.
I just began to wonder what it would be like if I wasn’t plugged into a network of people who are constantly creating content. Lots of people I know write blogs and articles, they produce videos, guest on podcasts, and anything else you can imagine.
On top of that, since I’ve been doing more research into publishing, I’m following a bunch of excellent Twitter accounts which link me into a whole other universe of content that’s relevant to my writing pursuits.
It’s all interesting, or funny, or timely information — all the time.
Here’s an off-the-top-of-my-head list of things I’ve looked at today:
– Video: Zabeth Russell, an IB alum, was in a hilarious bit on Jimmy Kimmel
– Twitter: Some awesome idiot created a Twitter account for “Adele’s Ex”. It’s fantastic.
– The awful details from completely un-awesome idiot Chris Brown’s police report. Not going to link to it. Almost made me puke.
– Searched for The Jedi Spirits
– My friend Sara Benincasa came out with a BOOK yesterday. I was reading about that.
Anyway, you get the point. All this leads me to the question: What did we do in 1998?
Seriously, guys. What did we do? I mean, I was a junior in High School then so I spent a lot of time doing homework and going to play rehearsals. Also, I think we drove a lot. Like, around in circles. And I pretended to be way more into classic rock than I actually was. But that’s all beside the point.
I guess the question is directed at people that were working in an office before the internet became a constant. Was everyone just so much more productive? Did we read more books? Jog at lunch? Play tennis? Is THAT why 80’s ladies always carried heels in their pocket books and wore tennis sneakers?
What did you do?
**AFTERTHOUGHT** I think it’s actually possible that I do not know anyone who had a desk job in the ’90’s. I guess the mystery will LIVE ON!