Originally Posted by CielDuMatin
I used to do some BBS stuff way back when and I definitely think that the online dynamic/culture/whatever has changed a lot when it comes to debating and people taking things personally. Because even in the early days of the internet it wasn't the case either.
Not sure why it changed or when, exactly, but it most definitely did change. And I don't think that this has anything to do with age, per se, but a change in culture as the technology evolved.
One reason is because back during the days of of 300-1200 baud
, very few people even had computers, let alone modems. So, if you had access to bbs's, that in and of itself meant that you were a part of an "alternative" scene. The way it is now, having access to the internet is more and more of a default, at least in "westernized" countries. So, instead of a way of finding common ground as a function of this shared "anomaly", people simply accept the internet as one more type of communication tool, such as the telephone.