With the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of communism and the arrival of the millennium, the 1980s looked like America was finally beginning to look a lot less like the country it was and a lot more like the world we knew.
It also happened to be the decade when the internet was invented and the web became ubiquitous.
“In terms of how quickly and how far we can go in terms of social change, the ’80s was one of the years where the internet really took off,” said Adam Gopnik, a social science professor at the University of Chicago.
That, he added, was partly because “we didn’t have a lot of alternatives to the media.”
And yet, the internet didn’t make everyone happy.
Internet use has skyrocketed since the ’90s, and the rise of social media has caused some to wonder what kind of consequences this new technology could have for the world as a whole.
In the decade that followed, America was also the home of some of the world’s worst pandemics.
By the ’00s, we were watching the worst pandemic in history, and our healthcare system was struggling.
The Internet helped us make sense of the pandemic, but also made us feel like the worst thing happened.
It helped us see the world differently, and it helped us understand each other.
Even the world of science had its share of dark times.
Gopnik says the internet changed how we think about a lot.
There was an internet era in the late ’70s and early ’80y where we thought that all things were interconnected, and that it was a matter of finding ways to build a global economy, and then connecting it all.
But then the internet went dark, and people became more disconnected from the world.
So how did the internet make us happier?
Golumbus and his colleague Jonathan Chait wrote that the internet “changed how we experience time.”
“If you go back to the dawn of the internet, the first version of the modern internet was a world in which we could see the web through a filter and make predictions about how it would go, but then we had to get ourselves offline to be able to see them,” Golumbus said.
We now have an internet filter that prevents us from seeing the world, but the filters aren’t as bad as we thought they would be, he continued.
For example, the early version of Google allowed users to browse the internet without logging in.
Now, if you do have a Google account, you’ll have to log in, but Google is not a big enough part of our lives to be a huge barrier.
If you go to a major news outlet, for example, you might see a new article, but you might not see anything.
And then you might click on the “read more” button, but if you didn’t go back, you may never get to read it again.
Chait said that in the early days of the web, you could be a journalist or a musician and never see your own work.
Today, however, “it’s so easy to find that information and then we can see it and share it.”
The internet is also a tool that allows people to express themselves without worrying about their privacy.
Google, for instance, is a search engine.
And while it’s a good tool for people searching for a specific word, it also helps search engines find specific topics.
With that said, we do have the freedom to choose how we talk about our experiences, whether we like it or not, Gopik said.
And the internet also makes it easy for us to share what we’ve experienced with others, whether that’s via blogs, Instagrams, tweets, Facebook groups or whatever.
A decade ago, many people might have felt uncomfortable sharing what they were experiencing with other people.
Today we don’t have to feel uncomfortable sharing our thoughts, Gobek said.
But it does change how we see the human experience.
This is a new world, and we’ve all learned to make assumptions, and now we need to learn to trust what others tell us about us, he said.
Gopik believes the internet helped us become more open to new ideas.
As a scientist, he’s always been interested in how science works, so it was natural for him to be interested in the social science of the 80s.
I think it was really interesting to see the way people responded to this new way of thinking.
I think there’s this sense of this kind of openness and open questioning and that kind of skepticism that’s been around for a while.
It’s really exciting to see this kind the shift of how we view science.
It just shows how open science has become, Got