what did people do before they could sh*tpost online?

so there i was
considering why someone was ruthlessly mocking a small goldfish for not being able to follow their finger
in my head because im not a jerk
but it made me think
what did people do
before they could just dump this in to the void?

you reckon they really just like
talked to people
or would that have been too awkward
even back when everything was
i assume
in black and white?