Most members of Generation Y are either oblivious or don’t really care where the internet came from, despite the fact that our lives revolve around it. To many of us under the age of 25, the internet is this magical thing that just appeared out of nowhere in the early 90’s.
For many an article titled ‘A short history of the internet’ would have us running in the opposite direction, freaking out over technical words like ‘node’, ‘RAND’ etc . But Stearling achieves what was originally seem impossible, an interesting, insightful history of the internet that not only appeals to computer literate individuals, but also engages the computer illiterate 20 year old writing this blog.
As much as I enjoyed reading this article and have learned a few quirky fun facts about the internet, there is one thing I wish Stearling covered in his article, and that is the dark side of the internet.
Yes, the internet is all fun and games for most people, well more like Facebook, Google and cat videos on YouTube but like many things there is always a dark, negative side. Ranging from cyber bullying, internet hacking/viruses or dark seedy chat rooms releasing dark, twisted secrets. I believe these things need to be addressed. I believe that both sides of the internet need to be addressed. Lessig, I believe tried to achieve this but I just got lost and the message was no longer clear.
So at the end of the day, id like to say snaps to Stearling for making the history of the internet quite interesting but I feel that articles discussing the internet and how it came to rule our lives, needs to also address both sides of the story.