It’s been just over 29 years since you left us Paul and if you had just walked through my front door – boy what a different world you would see! The internet was just a ‘work in progress’ when you passed away in 1985 – we had Space Invaders and Pac-Man and the Sony Walkman. We were made up with life and thought we had it all. We were happy with our ‘lot’.
Live-Aid was the event of the decade – just a month before you were taken from us by that awful disease, leukaemia; I was in the States at the time, in the Catskill Mountains fulfilling my Camp America dream, do you remember?
I must tell you about the world phenomenon which is Social Media. We ‘anti-socialise’ with each other via an amazing communication tool called the World Wide Web. It really is incredible! We have Facebook which is a place where we can post (that means display) photos and video clips. We can tell our friends that we have just had a shower or that we’re just about to go out for a curry and a pint. We can show off our new babies and our birthday parties, hen nights, weddings and Halloween night. And then when we’ve finished with Facebook we can post our photos to Instagram which would be much more your thing as you loved photography.
Then there’s Twitter (social networking in short sentences). There are tags and hashes and URL’s and platforms (not for trains!) Pinterest, Vine, and we have Google….if only you could ‘Google’ that from where you are! It’s what’s called a ‘search engine’ and if you Google ‘search engine’ it tells you this. Basically, you have a question or want to find out something – you just type in your query and Google spits out the answer – so you never have to think again!
It’s a crazy world Paul – we now stoop over our electronic devices (and that’s a blog for another day!) hardly sparing any time to ‘smell the roses’. You’d think we were all dull and boring I’m sure. Now here I am writing this post on my blog – I have so much to tell you about the modern world but not enough time to do it in right now. I’ll be set a new assignment in #Blogging101 any moment now so I shall leave you pondering this fantastic social space.