Of course the internet changed everything. Now I’m lucky if I get 5 actual letters a month. But it’s still the same basic game. One of the cool things about the internet — and Facebook in particular — is how virtually anybody can broadcast their views out to the public. Having a Facebook page is kind of like running your own radio station. Your own media outlet.
I suspect for a lot of the people, the whole Facebook thing is a relatively new experience. Where you put yourself out there to the public. And then random strangers start commenting on it. But I’ve been basically doing the same thing for most of my adult life.
For many years I published this zine — this monthly newsletter. And my 400 subscribers were like my Facebook friends today.
And I published my art, writing and photos in my zine. Just like today I post my art, writing and photos on the internet.
And I had a wild Letter-to-the-Editor section. Just like today I have a wild Comments section.
Same basic gig. The only real difference is, nowadays I “live through the internet.”
I’ll do just about anything to avoid dealing with real life.