of the world wide web. Or anime pictures and the degradation of teh interwebs. Where have all the pictures gone?
The first time I got online was around 1995 or so, and it was marvelous. I felt like a whole new world literally opened up before my eyes. Anything you can imagine, you could look it up in a search engine and voila, there it was. I think it’s hard to imagine for people who grew up with this but at the time this was revolutionary. Interested in Star Wars trivia, there it was. News about technology, computers, games, all for free online whereas previously the only way to get this kind of stuff was buying magazines.
And for those of us interested in more exotic things, say Japanese anime or even cooking recipes or Japanese culture in general, it made mission impossible suddenly possible and anything you wanted to know, learn or see was a few clicks away.
I remember looking up info on one of my childhood favorites, Captain Future, and being amazed by fan sites full of info and pictures.
But where has it all gone? Popular myth is that once something gets posted on the internet it stay online forever. I beg to differ. A LOT has disappeared. And a lot more will. Back in the day it was popular to build fan sites on free sites like Geocities, but all of those have vanished over time, the sites along with it. Or they got taken over by biggies like Yahoo & Google and the old content got deleted after a period of inactivity.
And the people who made that back then have since moved on. Well most of them, some like me are still around. The problem is that since then the act of creating sites has somewhat gone down the shitter. Hardly anyone makes a fan site anymore for example, like on their favourite anime. So good luck finding anything on an 80’s or 90’s anime. Sure there’s still some stuff floating around, but it pales in comparison to what used to be available.
And that’s sad.
Although I’m focused on anime pictures I could have just as well said
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