And I think that helps explain why no one quite foresaw the rise of the Internet: because it doesn't have an offline corollary of its own.
I can't think of anything offline to compare it to.
You can always try looking offline to find the information.
Doing some hunting online can net you some decent savings on laptops, but there might be some offline places you can go to buy refurbished ones.
In the offline world, many writers still prefer to turn to a career in freelance journalism, writing for a variety of media outlets or other offline opportunities including technical writing or other local freelance writing jobs.