Yes, I watched Pretty in Pink last night. I’ll pretend it was because my wife hadn’t seen it, but it’s actually because I still dream of working in a record store with a Smiths poster on the wall.
With Chatroulette tearing up the Net, I was struck by this scene which, frankly, I’d forgotten. (Please forgive the awful camerawork; I’m not the responsible party.)
For those of you in high school in 1986 — remember that system? The one that had Internet-style information when the number of Internet-connected computers was, according to Wikipedia’s History of the Internet, hovering around 0?
Luckily, the government prioritized installing Internet-connected computers in high schools in Southern California.
And you probably remember how you could chat with random people, unsolicited, and anonymously.
Then, sans graphical user interface, relying only on a keyboard, you could instantly send a photo to your chat partner – a mere two years after the standardization of the Ethernet protocol! Girls in pink, boys in blue.
All of this, of course, is why I should never have watched that movie.