The 1990s were a decade that introduced exciting new technology, some great music, movies, and television, as well as some truly unique fashion trends. While we don’t always realize how great a period of time is while we’re actually experiencing it, hindsight gives us the ability to look back at some of the things that we may have taken for granted. The 90s were a pivotal period of time in pop culture that we can all look back fondly on (well, for the most part). Here are 12 things that define the decade.
12. The Internet
The internet is an important tool that has revolutionized the computer and communications sectors like nothing before. Using the framework created by inventions such as the telegraph, the telephone, the radio, and the personal computer, the internet integrated their capabilities into what is now possibly the most important technological advancement of the twentieth century. Back in the infant days of this new and exciting technology, most of us were using the internet to download free music, TV shows, and pirated software.
Sites like Napster were fully populated with teens trying to get their hands on the latest Green Day single, a process that often took overnight to download over those slow dial-up networks. Chat clients such as ICQ, AOL, and MSN Messenger were where teens were doing most of their communicating and where we first saw the adaptation of “netspeak”, with phrases like “brb” (be right back), and “lol” (laugh out loud) becoming a part of our everyday lexicon. Accessing the internet was a much more tedious experience back in the 90s and usually involved alerting the whole family to avoid using the telephone in order to have an uninterrupted session on a dial-up connection.Via Pinterest