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Where would we be without forums/internet?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Phil2008, 7 Mar 2010.

  1. Phil2008


    Joined: 17 Dec 2004

    Posts: 8,432

    Ive been watching "The Virtual Revolution" and its made me think if the net was never invented, where would we be today.
    1 Would computer hardware be as advanced as it is today.
    2 Would highstreet prices be high for low qual items?
    3 Would we have as much entertainment audio and video tech available to us?
  2. cymatty


    Joined: 27 Sep 2004

    Posts: 13,305

    Location: South Yorkshire

    The Internet is like mobile phones etc, we lived without them and could do again. However we have become used to them in our lives and so they seem like necessity.

    1)Possibly not as many people would not need pc's
    2)Probably as it would be hard to compare prices
    3) No
  3. Fuzz


    Joined: 3 Aug 2003

    Posts: 15,302

    Location: Cheltenham ;-)

    In bed asleep with a girl

    Well OK, maybe not asleep
  4. Gaidin109


    Joined: 12 Jul 2009

    Posts: 4,878

    I'd probably just be down the pub more talking to real people.
  5. _TubbZ_


    Joined: 30 Jun 2009

    Posts: 406

    Speak for yourself, i would probably hang myself - or go outside and lose my IT tan :cool:

    I think we wouldn't be here on the net thinking about the possibility of not having the net :p

    1.) With IT development it became important for computers to communicate with each other so i can't see how this would be the case. So surely the question would be, would there be personal computers?
    2.) as cymatty said :p
    3.) not much Pr0n thats for sure :o
  6. Nymins


    Joined: 7 Mar 2007

    Posts: 9,915

    Location: Belfast

    I was going to say i'd be bored without it, but if it was never invented then i wouldn't know any different.

    Tech wise i think we would be less advanced if the internet never existed.
  7. VaderDSL


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 15,553

    Location: Manchester

    I would read more newspapers for a start :) I find forums great for finding out about the world, fair enough newspapers cover the main stories but digging around various sites allows me to keep up to date on topics I find interesting :)

    For instance mt dad buys and reads a few different newspapers daily. I just trawl the news sites online instead :)
  8. Apex


    Joined: 12 Feb 2006

    Posts: 12,779

    Location: Surrey

    i'd be fine without the internet and a mobile, i'd just be very poor as most of my business if from gained from it.

    without these forums i don't think i'd have as open view on situations as i do. i'm not massively open minded, i just think that i have a fairly good view on things helped by the down to earth, no nonsense people (for instance [TW]fox) that post here.
  9. reiyushin


    Joined: 20 Nov 2009

    Posts: 5,340

    Location: Bangor NI

  10. SexyGreyFox

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 29 Mar 2003

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    Location: Stoke on Trent

    I'd still be on Bulletin Boards
  11. apeZ


    Joined: 22 Sep 2008

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    Location: Kent, England

    I discussed this with a friend a while back. We both agreed that the 'internet' was unavoidable... it is a platform of worldwide communication. Regardless of what may have happened in the past, we would have ended up with some sort of system to send information over great distances as well as a place to archive information, much like a library. The Internet exists because it has to exist. At the time, and even so now, sending information digitally and via cable is a logical and achievable solution.
  12. Raikiri


    Joined: 5 Jul 2005

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    Location: Brighton

    A productive member of society, probably.
  13. MagicBoy


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 17,641

    Location: South Manchester

    Some of us are old enough to remember life before the WWW.

    1. Yes
    2. No
    3. Yes. It'd be higher quality with all crap that on youtube being submitted to You've Been Framed instead.

    We'd be back in the early 90s. Services such as Compuserve and CIX provided dial up access, discussion forums etc.

    I suspect people would be doing more work when at they're at work tho! :D
  14. GreatAuk

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 3 Apr 2009

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    Location: Warrington

    I general, I would be a much better person, probably done all my homework already, read some book this afternoon, and I'd be in bed right now instead of being on the internet.

    1. nope - Internet has made computers much more valuable to everyone, so I doubt as much research would have been invested in computer hardware (at least in the PC sense).
    2. probably - Much harder to find better products/cheaper prices without it... of course there would be magazines, chat etc, but still less effective, I imagine.
    3. probably more - Without internet, I would imagine other forms of entertainment such as cinema, TV, radio etc becoming more popular, resulting in more investment into those areas.
  15. d_brennen


    Joined: 30 Jan 2009

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    Location: Aquilonem Londinensi

    We'd be in the eighties!
  16. Phil2008


    Joined: 17 Dec 2004

    Posts: 8,432

    Some high end speakers you can only get from the net, like B.K.Electronics for subwoofers and XTZ for speakers. would these sort of companies never of existed without the net?
  17. K1LLSW1TCH


    Joined: 12 Mar 2009

    Posts: 26,781

    Or outside.
  18. zetec452


    Joined: 15 Sep 2003

    Posts: 9,454

    I would probably be out with mates in a pub. Or something like a car mechanic for daytime work.
  19. Tefal

    Capo Crimine

    Joined: 30 Jun 2007

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    Location: Wales

    They would exist, they would just run through small high end audio magazines rather than a website.
  20. Ziggy


    Joined: 4 Apr 2009

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    I'd be dead. Literally.