Irish Twitter gets nostalgic as blind children reflect on ‘what the internet used to be’

Blindboy Boatclub has been reflecting on what the internet used to be like, noting that “the way people ironically do photo dumps these days” was perfectly normal in 2006.

The musician turned podcast begins Twitter “If I try to explain to young people what the internet used to be like, it’s not credible, and I sound pissed off,” he noted in Wednesday’s musings.

Referring to the development of viral videos, Blindboy said, “trying to understand that a video from 2008 could go viral in a month, not a day.”

The Rubberbandits star noted that “the normalization of selfies is a long and hard cultural struggle”.

“In the mid-2000s, selfies were a new thing, and you were ashamed of it because it made you look selfish,” he said.

“So people had to pull a duck face selfie to make it look like a joke, not a serious photo. It’s crazy to imagine now – selfies are so normal.

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Blindboy Boatclub has been reflecting on the internet as it has done in the past, noting that “the way people ironically do photo dumps these days” was perfectly normal in 2006. Image: BBC

Sharing a link to The Chainsmokers’ catchy tune #SELFIE, the musician said: “I think Paris Hilton or Kim K leads the way. It’s embodied in songs like this, [#SELFIE] It’s like Frank Zappas Valley Girl in early 2010.

Delving further into the evolution of the internet and media, the Limerick native added: “Or do you know the way people ironically do photo dumps now? That was normal in 2006.

“People would put 93 photos of the evening from a digital camera on a photo site. Zero curation. Because why would you curate them?

“Do chemists sort out your disposable camera photos?” he asked.

The podcast’s musings sparked a lot of discussion in the comments, with many agreeing with the rapper.

Journalist Maria Flannery commented: “It would go viral for months, about 5 seconds, show someone falling off a chair or something. And keep getting quoted like that’s the funniest imaginable. thing.

Another added, noting some of the iconic videos that went viral: “Ah yes… the days of Badger badger badger, Charlie bit my finger, ceiling cat, keyboard cat, Boxxy and Hoverbacon.

“Forums like paddynet…”

One follower suggested not to bother explaining things to the younger generation saying, “Wait until asked otherwise it’s just a reminder of your own death and all associated regrets/losses (choose your choice.”

One follower advised blind children not to bother explaining things to younger generations, saying: “Wait until asked otherwise it’s just a reminder of your own death and all associated regrets/losses (choose your choice).” Image: RTE

Another said: “Sometimes I have to remember that when I was at school and said smartphones didn’t exist, I was telling the truth. The idea that we’ve gone from nothing to totally dependent in 15 years is crazy.

A third simply recalled: “Dial tone, a pound a minute.”

Shared desire for Geocities fan pages. Geocities is a web hosting service that allows users to create and publish websites for free. It’s hosted by Yahoo!

Shared desire for Geocities fan pages. Geocities is a web hosting service that allows users to create and publish websites for free. It’s hosted by Yahoo!Image: BBC

One follower commented on Blindboy’s post: “I really miss stumbled upon a Geocities fan page for a TV show/band/video game that has all the information a Wikipedia article would have today, but is passionate about the subject .

“Seeing people connecting via guestbooks and exchanging their own URLs.”

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