there is a period of time, roughly from somewhere in the 1950's to the 1980's which had a way of life now gone.
The 'globalism' of the 90's made things abundant and cheap and communications & computer technology accelerated. The difference in the way of life between 1990 an 1999 is in some ways more than the difference between 1960 and 1990
New technology felt more exciting and more serious back then. It was pioneering. Do we recall the serious 'men in white coats' feel to technology back in that era, almost always optimistic with talk of living on the moon and the sense of wide open potential that technology presented, as part of the human program
it somehow feels less optimistic and less clear now, with grand ambitions watered down, it doesn't feel as focussed as it was
Almost everyone would go about their lives with no one else knowing where they were or how to get in touch with them! You paid in cash, your number plate wast 'recognised' by cameras, there'd be no digital trace. No one could ring you unless you arranged to be near a specific land line phone. You'd read maps to get places. You really were more self reliant. Hardly 'soloing in the jungle' self-reliant but more so than now.
All interaction with other folk was by phone, written letter or face to face. Having to be face to face now and then with people you disagreed with was part of life
I'm not saying it was all better then, it wasn't - think of medicine just as one example. Yet some things seemed better perhaps even if they were not. It's like smoking - we all know it was bad for you - but back in the post-war period most adults smoked yet most achieved as much in their lives as we will, most were of a healthy weight and made into their 70's and were just as happy with their lives. Sure it was bad for them and we know it now, but somehow they we're not living worse lives because of it!
I like this kind of thread but suspect it wont be read as much as a thread on some tiny unimportant specific difference between revisions of a graphics card though 😀