The History and evolution of the Internet is something I feel has happened very quickly and very recently. Between 1969 and now, it has developed from Arpanet to the PC modern to the world wide web, all the way through to what is our modern idea of the Internet. What is the most surprising to me is how easily we have all adapted to the internet and starting contributed towards online content. When Stanford University and UCLA connected for the first time using Arpanet, They were essentially the first hosts of the Internet. The process now of talking to someone from another university let alone someone from the other side of the world is achievable in seconds, with a number of options to choose from when connecting including twitter, Facebook, Skype or good ‘old fashioned’ Email.
From the further reading From counterculture to cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the rise of digital utopianism By Fred Turner, Turner speaks stated that in the mid-1990s, when the internet and the world wide web was introduced to the public there was “talk of revolution filled the air”. Understanding the impact the internet may have had on someone who wasn’t brought up with it being accessible is very interesting to me. Which brings me back to the surprise of human interaction with someone so new and complicated, I believe this is what enabled the internet grow so quickly.
One of the original Google pages.