Now when I say primitive, I do not mean the Stone Age. It is merely an indication towards a time when the world was not entangled in a colossal web known as the internet. Believe it or not, the use of internet for social networking might not be more than 15 to 20 years old. In such a short span, social
networking has possessed us like a demon that has been within us since Adam and Eve.
Social networking has brought our circle of meeting people within our computers and smart phones. Gone are the days when you could just pop up at a friend’s house for a surprise visit. Ironically, there are a few people I know who would declare any and all of their intentions via Facebook, long before they act upon them.
John Atkinson, a Canada based cartoonist was able to graphically recreate this dilemma using humor. A simple and illustrated design shows us how our socializing habits have changed and how internet has taken over our lives. A table top framed picture was
once very common and adored. Thanks to the internet, it has been replaced by Instagram. Do you even remember what your hand writing looks like? Well, the reason is a little internet goblin called WordPress. I really do miss the little yellow sticky notes for short reminders, courtesy Twitter.
I still have my father’s old address book; and often I wonder if the address book had another fate had Facebook not been around. Remember that heavy, calling gadget connected via wires? It was called the telephone. Where is it now? Ask Skype. There was a time when people used to look outside their windows to watch what’s going on around. They still do that, but through a different window; a window represented by YouTube.
Atkinson has found a really comical way to express the amount of daily life objects made obsolete by the internet. One should really visit them every now and then for old time’s sake.