>>4783>There's been online internet communities in the 60s?
I guess 60's is pushing it a bit. PLATO and ARPANET birthed in the late '60s, but how much there was an online community, in the first few years, I don't know.>I didn't consider the internet mainstream until the late 80s or 90s...
I guess it's somewhat a matter of terms, the world wide web didn't begin until the 80's or 90's. The 70's was a time of large mainframes, however since these mainframes serviced many simultaneous users, some at remote stations, and some mainframes were interconnected as well, the small group that had access were using things much like discussion boards, e-mail, and instant messaging. It was pretty siloed, not until later would worldwide standards for communication between systems be developed.>I still get the message accross better in face-to-face interaction.
I'd mostly agree there. Face-to-face seems more efficient, at least for some things.>retail, drone delivery
The book The End of Man, which is classed as satire, so I think in part it was suppose to be making fun of all the futuristic predictions at the time by taking it to the extreme, imagined a conveyor belt to everyone's house.
People still do a lot of shopping offline, supporting local business is one reason certainly. Living in apartments, I've found delivery uncertain (for example, the UPS guy can't get into our building so unless I want to wait all day at the door, getting my package is a bit of a questionable thing), but that's a bug that I assume will be worked out by the likes of Amazon eventually.