In today’s day and age, if you have a question, you ask Google. Even the weirdest of requests will be found, as there are several people in the world with a common problem. With each passing day, the number of websites and the information available online is only growing.
Today’s generation probably don’t know a life without Google, just like we didn’t know life without a television or a phone. But yes, as Google celebrates its 19th birthday, we look at some places we went to before there was Google.
The Britannica Encyclopaedia was probably the most comprehensive place to find information, and the last version was published as far back as 2010. (One of the casualties of internet.) The last edition of the encyclopaedia was 32,640 pages, and it seemed like it stored the entire world within it.
Even though you wouldn’t always find what you are looking (unless you are looking for a Harry Potter type bestseller) for, libraries have disseminated information since time immemorial.
As kids, we believed that our fathers knew everything. And we would ask them all sorts of stupid questions. Truly, if they didn’t love us from the core of their heart, they would have thrown us off a cliff for being annoying.
Again, you had to see whatever was there on the TV and learn. The concept of having a choice when it comes to attaining knowledge wasn’t there. That said, Discovery Channel did teach us a lot of things, and it was probably the only good thing about the idiot box.
Like Discovery, Nat Geo too did teach us many things. These are the channels we were advised to watch instead of WWE and Cartoon Network. The channel still runs successfully, and the shows have only become better.