In a Time Before the Internet

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Nikhil Patolia, Photojournalist

The co-founder of the  Sugarhill Gang, Big Bang Hank, passed away at the age of 57 years old  on November 11, 2014.  Sugar hill Gangs’s famous song, “Rapper’s Delight”, was known to be the first rap song every created.  “Rapper’s Delight” was the most famous song of its time.  Despite this fact, it only has just over 7 million views on, while songs that are more recent have reached view counts of 2.1 billion, such as “Gangnam Style” by PSY.  This is because “Rapper’s Delight” was in a time where its popularity grew through people’s word of mouth rather than just sending a link to a friend.


Telling people things face-to-face seems like such a rare inconvenience nowadays, so people just use the internet or all social interaction.  The internet seems so much more convenient rather than going outside and actually meeting new people.  But that”s the problem in our society today, we all just want to do whatever is the easiest, only thinking about the end result.  We never stop and think about the journey that we have to take since it is so instantaneous on the internet.  “It’s so much easier just to send a tweet out rather than telling everyone what I did”, says Allison Tearjen (12). 


There used to be a time where people actually talked to strangers instead of having their eyes glued to their smartphones to avoid any “awkward” situations.  People nowadays rarely strike a conversation with those that they aren’t familiar with and only have a secluded group of friends whom they talk to.  But on the internet, it is a different story for most people.  On the internet, people feel more confident and powerful with what they say and it should be seen that these qualities be translated into real life conversations.   Although times have changed, being able to talk to someone that we are unfamiliar with should definitely not be a trait that we should lose any time soon.