As a kid, my only source of nudity were 3 soft porn magazines (70s style) that I found in a stack of old magazines in our attic. I also remember finding a copy of an Anais Nin book when I was a bit older. I hid it in my room and read it only when I was sure my parents weren’t looking.
My only access to other exciting knowledge was my monthly subscription to a science and technology magazine. Read it front to back when it arrived, and read back issues when I got bored.
When I was 19 I bought a Macintosh Plus and discovered computing. From that point on there wasn’t a day when I wouldn’t spend hours finding out exciting new stuff. I kept the Macintosh Plus into its original packaging – a carton box 1 meter wide, high and deep – and carried it with me in trains, buses and wherever I went.
I think about that a lot these days. When I hear complaints about the iPhone not supporting copy & paste or our DSL connection being slow I can’t help thinking about that large carton box I used to carry with me and how we far we came compared to that.
Am I getting old? Maybe.
Same for information in general. How does it all affect our youth to have access to so much information? And no, I’m not pessimistic at all. As a kid I was so hungry for information and I’m sure I could have absorbed a 1000 times more information if I’d had access to it. I sometimes imagine how my life would have turned out if I’d had WikiPedia, Google and the web in general at my disposal when I was, say, twelve.
Yeah sure, I would have downloaded lots and lots of x rated stuff. But I also would have been able to learn so much more about science, technology and all the other stuff that excited me as a kid.
And Twitter. What would I have tweeted as a kid? What about you? What highlights would you have shared with the world? Here are a few things I might have tweeted.
“I’m so bored. I Wish I was 5”
“WOW! I got glasses! trees have leaves! I can read street signs and see front of the classroom! What have I missed the past years!”
“Oh shit, stuck in my canoe under a low bridge. Only way to get out is to push my canoe down into the water. Only 30 meters to go. I’m NOT telling this to my parents!”
“Just got caught steeling a pack of cigarettes. I DON’T EVEN SMOKE!!!! Got caught on way out. They are calling the cops. I’m SCREWED NOW!”
“IN LOVE! Just got my first kiss. We were watching TV, I laid down, she bent over, the sun was shining through her blond hair. I closed my eyes. Wet. Sweet. Dizzy. More!!!”
“She dumped me! Broke my heart. I’m so NEVER going to get over this!”
“Just dropped out of school. Totally had it with that shit. Joined the circus school. That’s it. I’m gonna be a professional juggler!”
“I can’t believe it. @Michieltje just hit a train on his motorcycle. He is dead! I don’t know how to handle this…”
“@TessaS is a girl I just met. Going to spend some time on making her my girlfriend. Shouldn’t take too long. ;-)”
“Okay, took a little longer than expected but @Tessas and I are now dating!!!”
What would you have tweeted when you would’ve had Twitter as a teenager?