My generation was probably among the last to grow up offline, unconnected. The internet didn’t happen until after I was already out of college. It actually specifically “happened” during the two year period between 1995 and 1997 while I was in Kenya as a Peace Corps Volunteer. I remember coming home and hearing a foreign language, with talk of URL’s and HTTP this and WWW that. Every TV commercial suddenly featured an encouragement to “go online and find us at dubya dubya dubya dot…” One of the first things developed on the internet was the chat room, and instant messaging platforms like ICQ. Ways of interacting socially online, anonymously. It was like virtually cruising.  Continue reading “Cruisin’”