What's amazing is not so much how far we've come, but how visionary some of the people then were.
Take this little gem, for instance:
Aallegra.131 net.general utzoo!decvax!ucbvax!ihnss!mhtsa!allegra!rdg Thu Nov 12 21:05:29 1981 democracy wouldn't it be great to be able to use this electronic medium to send notes to our government officials? i never seem to write postal letters or telegrams, but we all seem to find these electric notes convenient enough to use often. can you imagine net.reagan with a few authentic replys? The Usenet Oldnews Archive: Compilation Copyright© 1981, 1996 Bruce Jones, Henry Spencer, David Wiseman.The archive gets better than this though -- there are articles about whether you can be prosecuted for profanity on usenet, copies of the TCP/IP digest volume 1, and even people asking for dice rolling programs for d&d on a vax! Check it out for yourself, it's well worth the read."