I think some of these things that were certainly “of this era” from a future point of view would be the BBS screens of the late 80s and 1990s, very nearly forgotten already.
They look tacky from today’s POV, the bright colors of 1990s BBS and web have given way to a more sophisticated, “clean” and professional look.
Web 2.0 era had some interesting progress in this area. There was much beautiful work that was done in the hey dey of blogging that was.
But now,, in 2016, where are we?
The screens have shrunk down to pocket size: a lovely marvel for this era and I couldn’t be happier! We’ve returned to the telegraph then enhanced it with nearly live video sharing services for greater expression possibilities.
Yet, it operates as a parallel Internet in a sense. The needs of the mobile and the needs of computer screens are often different.
So, it’s hard to say what the future will bring in this area. Greater connectivity of “people” has been the priority for a few years now – and that’s been wonderful and yet… much of the older Internet is already gone or difficult to find.
Well, that’s another direction of topic, less to do with style, but as the article mentioned past and future, I can’t help but think of the archeological aspect of this all: Where will these very words be in 100 years?
I put them aside elsewhere. I have a website I copy/paste my facebook writing into and then I back it up locally. Some people say “not everything is worth saving”, but I see no reason why it couldn’t be.