August 6, 2006

Happy Birthday!

Filed under: hypertext,networks,writing — jrice @ 1:00 pm

Happy Birthday to the World Wide Web!

A big 15 years!

Yup. That’s it. The Web’s not even old enough to drive. Or buy a beer. It’s even younger if we recall that it wasn’t for another two years that the Web took off with the creation of Mosaic. A little snippet from Berners-Lee’s project:

The project started with the philosophy that much academic information should
be freely available to anyone. It aims to allow information sharing within
internationally dispersed teams, and the dissemination of information by
support groups.

So we have here the ideology of open source and the response of professional writing. And in between we have so much changing and emerging that we are not even ready to understand fully what is going on with writing and reading practices. But we’re having a pretty good time along the way, eh? Watching a Seinfeld episode the other day (George shows up for a job he thinks he’s been offered), I remarked: “Look at that office. Not even a computer on the desk! How can he get any work done?”  I could also have added: “Not even an Internet connection!”

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