In this discussion, I would like to introduce 4 components of the Internet, that correspond to its eras of development.
Coldwar origins
The dismantling, transference, and re-assemblage of information through multiple paths. Information building and forking paths.
Refers to the way (protocols) in which messages are divided into packets before they are sent. Each packet is then transmitted individually and can even follow different routes to its destination. Once all the packets forming a message arrive at the destination, they are recompiled into the original message. Packet switched networks such as ARPANET were developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s using a variety of protocols. The ARPANET in particular led to the development of protocols forinternetworking, where multiple separate networks could be joined together into a network of networks.
As We May Think, Vanavar Bush.
information age
The period beginning around 1970 and noted for the abundant publication, consumption, and manipulation of information, especially by computers and computer networks. Establishment of computer networks as the dominant way of operating. Even though it wasn’t dominant at this point, it was agreed that it would be. Email was a fantastic advancement in communication over the phone, and allowed the early creators of the Internet to discuss and document, in great detail, the actual development of the network. Digerati. Projections parralelling the ambitions of its sister – the space program.
Computers domestication and Commodification of computers. Home devices and games foot in the door. Play, infotainment, interactivity were set out as key words for the future. The future itself became a key word. The future was a place that was here and as well as one just around the corner that we should be vigilantly prepared for with remedies such as Future proof and future ready.
Moore’s law is the observation that over the history of computing hardware, the number of transistors on integrated circuitsdoubles approximately every two years. The period often quoted as “18 months” is due to Intel executive David House, who predicted that period for a doubling in chip performance (being a combination of the effect of more transistors and their being faster).[1]
The law is named after Intel co-founder Gordon E. Moore, who described the trend in his 1965 paper.

World Wide Web
The World Wide Web is a system of interlinked hypertext documents accessed via the Internet. With a web browser, one can view web pages that may contain text, images, videos, and other multimedia, and navigate between them via hyperlinks. kinds as a web of nodes in which the user can browse at will” Surfing the web. Not only was the structure of information sent and received in forking paths, but so too was the content. Form of meaning follows structure of the meaning. Landow.

Social media
The promise of ubiquity had arrived. Everyone computer literate to some degree.
A Web 2.0 site may allow users to interact and collaborate with each other in a social media dialogue as creators of user-generated content in a virtual community, in contrast to websites where people are limited to the passive viewing of content. Death of the authority of author, but the all authority itself.
Whether Web 2.0 is substantively different from prior web technologies has been challenged by World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee, who describes the term as jargon.[4] His original vision of the Web was “a collaborative medium, a place where we [could] all meet and read and write”.[5]

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