I found an array of different sections interesting within this reading. The first being the invention of email messaging and the addressing of the ‘@‘ button in 1971 by Ray Tomlinson. This innovative section of media based history was the forefather of the social media platforms we all use today, giving us our own, personal and individual online lives, where we are able to reach people from all over the globe for the first time. From 1971 – 1973 this would become a transatlantic fixation and would account for up to 75% of ARPAnet’s network and usage activity. This then lead to the ‘liberation’ and commercialisation of the internet and provided an open and public space, easily available to everyone which we now call the world wide web. The section point I found interesting was the original development of ‘the internet’ or ARPAnet, and how it was conceived through the cold war arms race. How this innovative piece of technology was developed through the fear of nuclear attack from the soviet union and to deter anything like this happening in the united states. I find it great that something developed out of fear and war can evolve into something that helps people in their day to day lives.
– Jed Colman.