The early days of the Internet were different. The hedges hadn’t gone up. Everything continued to be free without shame. Life was a utopian MEME in the early days of the Internet. Sure there were things that cost money but those were far and few between. Freedom rang through Windows liberty bells sounding the calls of the wild slow Internet speeds.
Everything is faster online thanks to the demand. The economics of scale deem it necessary to begin to charge for things. People spend entire lifetimes online oftentimes spending more time online than offline. Such experience is not unusual rather it is gradually becoming the norm. Long ago the Internet was a much freer place. No one central location existed. Click-bait hadn’t come about and everything was way weirder than it needed to be.
Graphics were strange awkward things. People learned about graphics together from teachers who barely understood what they were teaching. The experience was odd. Each picture represented something overly cute and under-useful. Bright colors reflected the early naïve sensibilities that began the Internet. From the beginning the Internet was created to safeguard the world or something, bringing individuals together to communicate in case the world ended. Somewhere along the line that military-industrial complex function translated into cat MEMEs. Nobody can precisely point out when that happened. It simply happened.
People played with the imagery. Some aspects of the images (those deemed ‘classy’) were given a cost. Early on that was a warning sign. A select few might have absurdly paid the fee. Most others were content to wander about the Internet free to take whatever they could get while the getting was good. Of course the time cost money. The Internet speeds were woeful initially with kids staying up all night waiting for online images to print for school.
With such a slow start it is incredible to believe how much everything has progressed. Nostalgia for the early Internet runs deep. Many of the early incarnations of the Internet have either disappeared completely or gotten sleek. A few rare artifacts remain. Geocities is gone, completely gone. Myspace is gone basically. Some other sites remain lingering around reminding individuals of the halcyon days of the early web of that initial big burst of optimism, the unknown before it became known. The maps of the Internet now easily guide everyone to everywhere neatly packaging experiences, bundling them and shepherding people towards unified common experiences. This is the era of mass customization within the same templates.