W.W.W – FRIEND OR ENEMY?

As everyone knows the World Wide Web, also known as the Internet has improved the way we are, interact, work, study and it has had a great impact all over the planet. If we think back in time and we go, let’s say forty years ago, we did not have any type of  access to the Internet, at least that is what they “the government” were trying to make us believe. Without a doubt if the Internet was released in the early 90’s to the public, it only makes sense that people in higher positions had access to it before that time. Several articles and books I have studied, allow me to encounter that the Internet was in full use since the 1970’s by other corporations.

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World Wide Web

To be more specific on the historic value of the object one must go back to the origins of the Internet. The Internet, was known as ARPANET, and was brought online in 1969 under a contract by the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), which initially connected four major computers at universities in the southwestern United States these universities were: UCLA, Stanford Research Institute, UCSB, and the University of Utah. We can see how this relates to any student or instructor in any university or college now days. I mean, it all started by connecting these massive institutions and later on was made public.

The first recorded description of the social interactions that could be enabled through networking was a series of memos written by J.C.R. Licklider of MIT in August 1962 discussing his “Galactic Network” concept. This was the first idea and invention that will originate to the creation and publication of the Internet.Licklider was the first head of the computer research program at DARPA. He convinced his successors at DARPA, Ivan Sutherland, Bob Taylor, and MIT researcher Lawrence G. Roberts, of the importance of this networking concept.

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World Wide Web

Since the Internet was made available to the public in the early 90’s for the most part, we have seen a huge increase and demand on the field of  Web Design, Web Development, Blogging, E-Commerce, Entertainment, etc. Almost everything now days can be found online, from images to videos, documents, information, movies, music, you name it, it is all available. The birth of the internet has created new jobs in computer networking and web development and it has established career paths in Universities in fields that teach students how to design for the web and how to program websites and create banners and interactive animations; even Adobe launched the so popular Adobe Suite, that offers designers and developers an aid in order to create interactive websites using DreamWeaver and Animations for the web in Flash.

The question we all must ask ourselves is just one. Will the Internet become a monster one day that we won’t be able to stop and will control our lives? If you think this could be possible, I can certainly agree with you. Imagine our every day use of the web? Now days almost anyone can create a website or a blog using different platforms or just by coding basic HTML and CSS, sell items online, get house and car insurance, buy concerts and airplane tickets, apply for credit cards, you name and it is all done thnaks to the world wide web as a key element in life. 

Is the internet making our lives easier? or is this multi-billion industry another weapon ofself-destruction that is just waiting for the right time to take control of the world?

You decide.

Written by Felipe Medina for The Reading the Arts course at Concordia University in Montreal.

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