I actually think Screech would still face similar feelings of isolation from the group even if social media existed. I think that instead of being “out of the loop,” Screech might just not be tagged in a photo. We talk about FOMO (fear of missing out) on social media, so maybe that has become today’s understanding of what it means to be left out.
I also thought that it was interesting how easily so many conversations on these shows could have just existed on our phones. Even for myself, I text most of my friends nowadays because we’re all busy and on different ends of campus. As this image becomes the norm, I wonder how TV series and episodes will try to compensate for the transition of communication into virtual communities.