In this day and age, it is very difficult to remember when technology and the links and responses it provides are not exactly at your fingertips (10 years ago?).
It is even harder to go back to a time when people are not the main way of getting information. At the beginning of the 20th century, people read newspapers, watched news rollers in the cinema to see current events, or listened to nightly radio broadcasts for the nearest news. No instant status checks or google searches were made to look for similar stories at different points of sale. Then imagine how you felt in 1938 that people across the nation felt Orson Welle had decided not to hear the Mars invasion from the now infamous Jewish World War.