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If Classic Authors Had the Internet

The Internet was a real game changer for us as a society. Suddenly, all manner of things were possible. Gone were the days of taking regular, unfiltered pictures. Gone were the days of ordering pizza over the phone and accidentally saying “Love you, bye,” to the other person prior to hanging up. Gone were the days of wondering how many ounces are in a cup or who Ariana Grande is currently engaged to. (It’s Pete Davidson.) Now we have Snapchat, online ordering, and Google, and by and large we are better for it.

What I’m getting at here is that the authors of yore—Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Lord Byron—really missed out. But here’s what it would have looked like if they hadn’t.