Answer: Depends who you’re talking about.
The internet of 1992 beats as the heart of the internet but if you can’t feel the pulse, the internet of 1992 is dead.
But it was dead in 1992 too. There’s good reason in 1993 it gave sway to corporate domination and the divesting of heavy military and university support. The experiment was over and it was ready for release, come what may.
Was humanity ready? Didn’t matter. It was time. Unleash the beast.
The worst of the internet tends to come from the gatekeeper mindset. “We know the true internet. / We know the true memes / We are the true gamers / etc”.
I didn’t get upset at “eternal september”. I embraced it. Bring everybody on board. I was an internet advocate then. I am an internet advocate now.
It’s easy to only pick out the best-of-the-best and get glassy eyed nostalgic of green screens and network cooperation. But hold on… didn’t they have hackers then too? What about viruses? How about illegal photos and short film clips trading underground, software piracy and government overthrow plotting and as many evil groups planning events as good and neutral groups alike?
All there. Furries too. I was a member of the elfkind, honorary though back then – not an elf.
Youtube was missing. No facebook. Didn’t matter. Same stuff, different volumes of people. No texting or twitter but there was just as many nice and meanspirited people by percentage if not by volume.
It all depends where you went and what you did, just like today.
So was humanity ready for postage stamps? Who had it if not humanity in the first place? Or is there an uber humanity that had it prior to humanity?
No, it’s all humanity, particularly the gatekeeping.