Just for a laugh, let’s start these readings off with a 1981 newscast about the Internet…
As you might suspect, this week we move from the present to the past. Understanding where the Internet came from can help us to consider where it is going.
You’ve all got a few posts now, and Briggs’ “advanced blogging” chapter offers a number of tips for where to go next. It might be a good idea to read this week’s links before Briggs in order to provide some historical context. These are meaty reference piece, so please SKIM unless you’ve got loads of spare time on your hands.
First, read “A Brief History of the Internet” from the Internet Society, taking particular note of the players involved in those early days. Then glance through these two timelines: How the Internet came to be, and Hobbes’ Internet Timeline (now up-to-date!), which is EXHAUSTIVE – use this as a reference.
Now, let your reading muscles relax and watch this video on just where the Internet came from:
Is the Internet something invented by an individual? Just where did it come from, and in what forms has it existed? How do its origins inform the things we use it for today (like protesting)?
Remember, your response (to these links AND to Briggs) is due as a comment to this post no later than noon on Monday, Sept. 2.