Read & Respond week 3 – Origins of the Internet

You might want to read/watch this week’s links before delving into Briggs as they provide some historical context to what he’s talking about. First: Two video clips!

1981 Newscast about “THE INTERNET”

History of the Internet

Supplement these by SKIMMING one or more of these links (they’re meaty, reference-heavy sources, so just get an overview):

Is the Internet something invented by an individual? What’s a specific surprising event you found in the timelines? Remember, your response (to these links AND to Briggs) is due as a comment to this post no later than 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, January 24.

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21 Responses to Read & Respond week 3 – Origins of the Internet

  1. emilyeisenhuth says:

    From the timeline, what stood out to me in history is that the computer was not planned to be something that everyone needed or wanted. They were strictly using it for advanced research or the military. I wasn’t surprised to see that it was used for the military. I feel like something that extreme would have to start there.

    In Briggs, I like that it went into detail of what everything meant to and for a blogger to begin. It made me realize some things that I will have to add and take from my blog or what I have to consider when thinking about my audience. I know a lot of people seem to have blogs to keep a diary but like we say in class “nobody cares.” It is so true and I feel like for those people that keep a blog as a journal or rant all the time, nobody cares, but if it is helping you then by all means keep blogging and ranting away.

    I never really considered blogging to take off like it has. In the book, it uses some examples that people started a blog and then got jobs that way. I think that is awesome. It is another way that technology is helping people out and getting them jobs. If people are working hard on their own blog, why not get paid for it?

    In Briggs, I agree that you have to have picture and video. In today’s world peoples attention spans are very short so a lot of people just go right to the pictures or videos and don’t read your article at all. You want different people to see your blog, so a little bit of everything will pull those different people in to look at your blog. We are told over and over again to keep it short and get to the point because no one wants to read something that doesn’t intrigue them, visual will pull them in and narrow down what you may be talking about to then make them maybe want to read.

  2. One aspect of the timeline that I found surprising that was talked about in depth in the History of the Internet video but was also mentioned in the Hobbes’ Internet Timeline was how the internet began it’s journey into creation for military, commercial and science purposes. As talked about in the video, four different Internet networks were of importance: ARPANET, RAND, NPL and CYCLADES. However, the RAND corporation based network is what surprised me. Growing up, I was never sure of how the Internet came to be, and that may be attributed to the fact that I’ve grown up with the Internet so I never really thought about it. The military purpose makes complete sense. At the time in 1962, America discovered both short and long-range missiles in Cuba that could have reached the United States. Americans grew fearful of the potential attack that may have occurred. Somewhat in response to this fear grew the RAND Network. The RAND network replaced the information system that had a centralized network architecture that would have been a danger if an attack were to happen. I see how such a network had to be created and as a result, essentially spearheaded the movement to lead to the creation of the Internet. However, this wasn’t based on a want or a desire to have the Internet, but rather was a response to the potential attack.

    In response to the other portion of the question, I would say yes. Given all the advancement in microblogging and blogging in general, the audience as well as the writers of the blogs can create what is on the Internet. As mentioned in Briggs, blogging has become such a common practice for information and more individuals are turning toward blogs to obtain information. Even news organizations are using blogs as their primary online tool. The ability of a blog to provide immediate and simple information as well as have interactivity helps blogging fit into journalism. In addition, blogging allows for journalists and writers to connect to their audience without having to worry about time and space. All the interaction is almost immediate. With blogs, the writer determines how often to post, what to post, what it’ll look like and how they’;ll interact with the audience. This freedom allows one to basically create whatever content they like.

    Continuing to look at the Briggs chapter, I really liked how he included the section of how to become a blogger on page 62. Looking through the specific comments he makes, he suggests looking at other blogs that you respect as well as find blogs that cover the topic that you want to cover. We are doing this as a class right now and it truly has been helpful for me. Looking at those other blogs gives me more of a clear focus of my own blog and shows me what does and doesn’t work. Since I have no experience with blogging prior to this class, I’ve found looking at those other respectable blogs has been helpful to my own work.

    Another aspect of the Briggs chapter that I found interesting as well as helpful is when he talked about microblogging. To be honest, I’ve never heard of microblogging before, even though I use Twitter on a daily basis. Microblogging, as defined by Briggs, is a “service that allows users to publish brief text messages,” (page 54). Twitter allows us to interact and send these messages while also adding links to other sites, videos and photos. Twitter allows for users to partake in ambient awareness or ambient intimacy, as talked about in the chapter. Ambient awareness or intimacy is basically checking up on another individual without having to call or email them. This struck me as interesting because of how often individuals do this, myself included. I can go on Facebook or Twitter and check up on anyone from home, from my family or just people that I have some kind of connection with without having to actually call them. It’s not only easier, but it’s almost like I’m apart of their life without making much of an effort. This lack of effort is somewhat sad in my opinion. Because we are able to check up on individuals without making an effort, I wonder how our relationships are suffering as result and how our face-to-face communication skills are being affected also.

  3. pmlilly says:

    In the timeline the thing that stands out to me the most would have to be how long ago people started developing it. I knew that the internet had been a theory and an idea for a long time but i didn’t really know how long ago that was until now. I used to think that the internet started in the 70’s, but I had no idea it started as early as 1957 with the first satellites, and the theory of packet switching as early as 1961. I just had no idea it started almost 60 years ago I assumed it was more like 40 years ago.

    I really like the begging of Briggs 2nd chapter because it really starts to tell you why blogs have grown so big and why they are important. I like this because until I entered this class I had never even looked at a blog just because I have a lack of interest in the internet, which this chapter says if I want a job in journalism I need to change that. What i really like though was the example they gave about the IndyCar reporter, how he was well read but not the most popular until he opened a daily Q&A on his blog about racing. When racing season came around he was now the top read in web features on IndySports. Its amazing how much a daily blog helped his career.

    I also agree with what Briggs has to say about twitter, he says that though not all news reporters like to use it because of the restriction on characters that is what makes it so great. What I think he means by this is that because all the posts are so short it allows the readers to read a lot more, and also to get straight into the content and not beat around the bush.

    The last thing I really like about this chapter is that there is a section in there about how to gain an audience for your blog. There are very helpful tips within that section, and I completely agree “All writing is more fun when you know someone is reading it”. The most helpful of the tips it gives I think are organizer your ideas, act like your mom is reading it, make your post scannable, be specific with your headlines, and use photos and screenshots.

  4. EmilyGMartin says:

    When I watched the first video, the News Report one, it almost made me laugh. In 1981, the idea of a using a computer to access your news was such an outrageous idea, but now that’s where a majority of people get their news. I know I turn to Twitter and Facebook when I’m looking for the latest news.

    In the Internet History video, I was surprised by the fact that the computer even existed in 1957. I did not think that it was an idea until the late 60’s or early 70’s.

    When reading Briggs, I liked how he explained why blogs are so important. They allow a journalist, or even someone who isn’t a journalist, to cover news and certain topics the way they want to. I believe he used the example of GeekWire, a site founded by a former Seattle Post-Intelligencer business reporter. He said that he wanted to find new ways of covering his beat and that blogging allowed him to do so.

    Briggs is very helpful, from telling us how to build our audience and how to redefine our brand and how important it is to use Twitter. Twitter only allow 140 characters per post, which is good today, as the attention span of your average person is a lot shorter than 20-30 years ago.

  5. After reading the timelines, Briggs’ chapter, and watching the videos, it is clear the internet was not invented by one person. The internet and modern day computer technology was a community effort. It took teams across the world to work towards what we take for granted today. And, the internet didn’t just happen over night. The timelines begin in the 1950s and there are still developments happening today. The internet and computer technology is forever evolving and continuing to make our use of it much easier.

    In Briggs’ chapter, he writes that in the 1990s, the first wave of the information revolution came to be as people were creating websites simply because they could. He then says a more “authentic information revolution” happened from 2001 to 2005 as people began to create blogs. It’s interesting to compare this time period to the events happening according to the timelines. The Hobbes’ Internet Timeline I skimmed really didn’t mention blogs for the year 2001. During that year, some high schools were just gaining internet access and some domain names we are familiar with now (.biz and .info) were just being added to the server. In 2002, the timeline says, “Having your own Blog becomes hip.” It would have been cool to have been paying attention during that time at how the first blogs came to be. Now, it seems like everyone has a blog or has made one at some point.

    Blogs weren’t brought up at any other point in the timeline during the years Briggs claimed to have been the real information revolution. In 2005, on the timeline, it does say the number of internet users reached one billion users, which is incredible. And, what is even more incredible is that that number has probably grown substantially in the last ten years.

    One of the things I thought was unusual on the Hobbes’ internet timeline was that in 2001 “forwarding email in Australia becomes illegal with the passing of the Digital Agenda Act, as it is seen as a technical infringement of personal copyright.” I have forwarded so many emails during my time of having an email address. It’s really bizarre to me that it would be illegal to do this. I’m wondering if this is still the case in Australia. I also wonder if they did this because they didn’t really understand just yet the forwarding process and how beneficial it could be.

    Briggs also spends the majority of the chapter discussing Twitter and its advantages for promoting your personal brand and personal blog. According to the timeline, the first tweet was sent out in 2006. It seems to me the growth of blogs and the growth of Twitter really went hand in hand. They are the perfect tools for journalists or any blogger to get their word out quickly and effectively.

  6. John Mark says:

    The internet wasn’t technically invented by a single person, but rather a collection of global organizations. However, the timelines reference J.C.R. Licklider as the one who came up with the original idea of an internet-esque system, although he didn’t have much to do with the popularization of consumer internet.

    A few things surprise me in this timeline. I think it’s really weird how consumer internet wasn’t really invented by any one person, like most inventions. I’m also surprised at how many people in the first video had a computer in 1981, especially with how annoying it would be to read a digital paper back then.

    I liked the part in the Briggs chapter about how to use Twitter. Twitter is very important in today’s world, especially for journalists. It’s weird to me that, in every one of my classes, there’s at least one person without Twitter. I don’t see how you can survive in the professional world without being connected like that.

  7. To answer the question posed, no, the internet was not invented by an individual. As we saw in the timelines, it was multiple people and groups who contributed in some way, whether it be developing equipment or networks. Something about the timelines that I found interesting was how many countries gradually registered a domain name on the internet. It seemed that around the 1990’s, many countries, and even people fascinated by the invention, were registering domain names because it was the free at the time.

    I really liked the second video “History of The Internet,” and was fascinated me was the four foundations for the internet: ARPANET, RAND, NPL, and CYCLADES. The communication between these networks are how the internet started, and I never knew that before.

    The thing that I got most out of Briggs this week is how to build an audience. For me, it’s hard to blog super often because I have to balance two majors and extracurriculars. But, he says that if someone is serious about blogging and wants to grow an audience, then they need to post as often as possible, about 5-6 times a week. Posting that many times a week would force the blogger to view and write from different angles, and that’s what I am going to try and focus on with my blog from her on out.

    I learned that headlines and the community is a key component to engaging the audience. He basically reiterated the point that the information and ideas have to be interesting or controversial so that the reader will want to actually read the blog. I also thought it was very helpful that he talked about customizing blogs and web design.

    “A good blog is a continuing conversation,” said Briggs.

    -Patrick J. Clarke

  8. amdewitt94 says:

    I like how in describing the history of the internet, the author states how all-encompassing it really is: “The Internet is at once a world-wide broadcasting capability, a mechanism for information dissemination, and a medium for collaboration and interaction between individuals and their computers without regard for geographic location.” I enjoyed learning how the internet wasn’t invented by just one man, but rather a collective group of minds working to reach the goal that a man had set. I wasn’t aware that the start of the internet origins could be related to the laungh of Sputnik. When I think of the development of the internet, I think about how quickly it grew from what it was when I was younger. I think about having my first AOL e-mail address and instant messaging, MySpace, Xanga. The internet was clearly created long before to allow those forums to fall into place, but I never picture it having been thought of nearly sixty years ago. It seems far newer than that. When it comes to Briggs, I like that he mentions the use of Twitter and how to use it – I have always loved Twitter (I’ve been put in Twitter-jail a few times for tweeting too much…) and my blog is currently about social media’s impact on business; it talks a lot about Twitter because Briggs is right. Twitter has such an impact; we just never really take the time to think about it. It absolutely FASCINATED me to watch the first video about how newspapers were trying to get their news on the internet and the process through which they were going. They said it would be the future – I doubt they could have ever dreamed it would become what it has, replacing print newspapers by the whole.

  9. sdsingle2015 says:

    What I found interesting in the timeline is the rapid increase of host on the internet. Between 1988 and 1989, the number of host went from 6,000 to 100,000 but you couldn’t order a pizza online until 1994! I also found it interesting that the concept of the internet was between 1957 and 1961. The internet has definitely come a long way but it was amazing to see all of the work that went into it. When I think of the internet, I don’t ever think that it used to be anything different than what it is today. I remember dial up but that is the oldest form of the internet to me so it was interesting to read that many forms of the internet existed before that.

    I don’t think that the internet was invented by one person but by many groups of people all of the world who had ideas and theories about how the internet should work, what it should so, and how computers should connect with one another, no matter the miles in between. I think individuals control what goes onto the layer that lays on top of the internet which is the World Wide Web.
    I like that Briggs went into the reasons of why blogging was important and how that connects with the evolution of blogs on page48-49. He states that blogs were part of the first wave of information sharing in the 1990s and later became more authentic between 2001 and 2005. This was insightful to me because I hardly view blogs in a way that they share information because I’ve never paid attention to blogs until now. All blogs, I now realize, share some kind of information and have become a lot more intimate over the years. Briggs states that 9/11 was a turning point for blogs because they allowed people to share their thoughts about what was happening in the US and how they felt about it. This was useful because the US was in a great panic and so the blogs served as an outlet for many in the country.

    I also liked that Brigs outlines steps you need to take on Twitter and how performing these steps can help the success of your blog on pages79-80. Considering I didn’t have a Twitter account before this class, this section was very informational and made a lot of sense. He states the first step is to find people to follow. By finding people to follow, you can then see who they are following and so on which can be helpful to you because of step 2 which is to get people to follow you. More than likely, according to Briggs, when people see the email that you are following them, then they will follow you also. This will help you build a network along with posting relevant content to your account.

  10. davidstatman says:

    The network of computers and servers that comprises the internet wasn’t invented by just one person – that would be impossible, it’s simply too big. As we learn from the video, the development of the internet was a long process that began as far back as the 1950s, and is still ongoing today.

    What we think of as the “Internet” today is more than just a connection of computers, and that wasn’t made by just one or a few people either. It’s grown through the work of individual content producers, including bloggers, as we learned in the videos and especially in Briggs’ readings.

    When reading Briggs’ chapter, I found myself drawn towards his specific tips for how to grow and maintain a successful blog: how much you should post, exactly how you should post, and other guidelines like the “80-20 Rule” of how much of your content should be self-promotional. This is the kind of instruction that I was hoping for when I signed up for this class: what are some ways to make a blog successful? What are some rules to live by?

  11. Funny thing is that I remember much of the time period which is mentioned in these various historical surveys of the origins of what we now call the internet and the world wide web. I remember neighborhood kids getting Apple 2c and then Apple 2e computers in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, and then Apple came out with the Macintosh in 1984. Most of what I saw was simple gaming on these machines, which quite honestly did not improve until Nintendo and Sega gaming systems came around in the late 1980’s and dominated the scene in the 1990’s until the turn of the millennium. Personal computer ownership did not become necessary until schools and workplaces demanded students and workers be able to do their work at home on a personal computer. After the year 2000 we get into personal computers being the standard for most of the U.S. population and then with the addition of smartphones around the year 2010 things have just accelerated to a warp-speed level in terms of societal

    • acceptance and integration of the internet, world wide web, and portable personal communications devices. Briggs is awesome because he gives useful theory and historical development combined with easy to understand how-to lessons for what a journalist needs heading into the 2020’s. I need to: be on Twitter, have a blog, and be able to interact with readers in order to be a better journalist. This class is confirming that I am reentering the journalism field at just the right time after 15 years away from it.

  12. The internet wasn’t invented by an individual; it was developed over time by many different people and groups, brought on by political and militaristic circumstances. I was surprised there were computers before or during 1957. I always thought they started in the 1970s or something. I also noticed computers and the internet both were used for so many more important, government affairs before it was released to the public. As a side note, I thought it was funny that the timeline included Pizza Hut featuring online ordering in 1994. Totally irrelevant, but I just found it interesting.

    Briggs starts off the chapter by saying that every journalist should have a blog and a Twitter account. When I first started journalism classes and professors told me this, I didn’t understand why. I didn’t use a Twitter account until I was a sophomore in college and we needed it for class. I started to understand the uses of blogging and microblogging, but Briggs did a good job explaining further why these platforms are so important. With blogging and microblogging, journalists can now learn so much about their audiences. It can also provide instant feedback and story ideas.

    I disagree a bit with his tip to blog once a day. A few times a week, I think, is a good goal. It gives you more time between posts to mull over the details and to make sure you have time to make edits. I don’t think you should post if you have nothing to say, just to post something. Most of his how-to sections were about things I am already comfortable with, but I never knew what an RSS feed was. I don’t know how I went through 3 1/2 years of college without knowing about RSS, but I like how easy it is to have so much content in one place.

    • matthewfergo says:

      The internet came together over time with a collection of ideas. It could not be constructed by one person. The way we use internet today is much different than when it was first originated in the 50’s, the main intention was for military and political purposes. Today, it is a staple of our everyday life.

      A specific event in the timeline, for me, was how the media portrayed the internet in its early stages. Almost to a point where they did not anticipate the impact it would eventually have on the world. People really didn’t trust it. It’s simply surprising when we consider the attitudes we take towards the internet today; it is our primary source of information and the driving force behind every facet of society. Without the internet today, we could not function.

      Briggs two most important pieces of advice, for me, were building an audience. Without an audience, it’s hard to find a niche with your writing. Micro-blogging and the use of social media as a news platform, are so crucial to the present day journalist. Print is dead and multimedia is essential to success in the journalism field. Briggs points this out when he talks about the importance of twitter. Twitter and other social devices make us more connected, and ultimately that is the goal as a journalist – to be connected to the readers. Luckily, in this day and age, the level of interaction between media and consumer is more fluent than ever. Briggs calls this “ambient awareness.”

      The future is never far too off, and adaption is the best skill an aspiring journalist can possess in this age of non-stop, never ending of a world we call journalism in the 21st century.

  13. Kaitlyn Powers says:

    One person did not come up with the concept of the Internet that is what we know today. It was created by separate entities, as we learned in the video “History of the Internet.” One of the things that surprised me was that the programs that eventually transitioned into what is now the Internet were made for the military and the government. It also surprised me that the Internet went through so many phases and forms until we got to what we know today, and it’s still changing.

    Another thing that really surprised me was that the first cyberbank was created in 1994 and Pizza Hut started online delivery in 1994, according to “How the Internet Came to be”. To me it feels like those things didn’t really starting gaining popularity until a couple of years ago so it really surprised me to see that they’ve been around for over 20 years.

    I agree with Briggs about Twitter being a valid way of getting and sending out news. I’ve been using Twitter for many years, and I’ve always found it useful for getting news. While that news may have been a bit unreliable before, since starting my major in journalism I’ve really learned how to follow the right blogs to get the accurate news I need, but also news I’m interested in. I use Twitter a lot of times to receive up-to-date breaking news easily and conveniently.

  14. matthewfergo says:

    The internet came together over time with a collection of ideas. It could not be constructed by one person. The way we use internet today is much different than when it was first originated in the 50’s, the main intention was for military and political purposes. Today, it is a staple of our everyday life.

    A specific event in the timeline, for me, was how the media portrayed the internet in its early stages. Almost to a point where they did not anticipate the impact it would eventually have on the world. People really didn’t trust it. It’s simply surprising when we consider the attitudes we take towards the internet today; it is our primary source of information and the driving force behind every facet of society. Without the internet today, we could not function.

    Briggs two most important pieces of advice, for me, were building an audience. Without an audience, it’s hard to find a niche with your writing. Micro-blogging and the use of social media as a news platform, are so crucial to the present day journalist. Print is dead and multimedia is essential to success in the journalism field. Briggs points this out when he talks about the importance of twitter. Twitter and other social devices make us more connected, and ultimately that is the goal as a journalist – to be connected to the readers. Luckily, in this day and age, the level of interaction between media and consumer is more fluent than ever. Briggs calls this “ambient awareness.”

    The future is never far too off, and adaption is the best skill an aspiring journalist can possess in this age of non-stop, never ending of a world we call journalism in the 21st century.

  15. mtshadle says:

    One of the most interesting things about the internet that stood out to me came from the second video. In this video, Bilgil explains that the internet originally came to be from different concepts; a military network, commercial network, and a scientific network. The combination of these networks laid the foundations for the way we utilize the internet and communicate to this day. Therefore, it would be silly to say that the internet was something created by an individual. It is also crazy for me to imagine that computers have not always been able to communicate with a larger network as the do now. The amount of knowledge shared and its evolution throughout history is truly incredible. I cannot imagine living in a world where virtually anything you want to know is not available at the click of a mouse.

    In the second chapter, Briggs discusses blogging and its relevance and importance in journalism. One section I thought was particularly important in this reading is about marketing and building your band. As a journalist and as with many other professions, you are your brand. It is critical to be able to build and market yourself effectively in order to be successful. Briggs also mentions how vital it is for journalist to be proficient in social media, and that it may even help you land your first job.

    However, I did not agree with the comment that Briggs made how you should post to a blog once daily. The “How NOT to Blog” article we read last week advised that trying to post daily was a surefire way to burn out. I definitely think, at least for myself that I would burn out quickly trying to post to a new blog everyday. If the blog was my only obligation however this may be a different story.

  16. jadenarth says:

    The concept and the execution of the creation of the internet did not come from just one person. Over time, many different people came up with ideas for the internet as stated in The History of the Internet. The second video explains that the internet was originally created in the 1950s for use by the military. There was a lot of trial and error between the creation of the internet back then and the internet that we use now.

    When the internet was firsts created, it was used for government operations only. Eventually, it was released to the public for everyone to use. Now, it can be used for virtually anything we want.

    As Briggs discusses, it’s important to use the internet to get ourselves out there. He talks about how its necessary to build an audience for your blog. He also talks about the importance of social media usage. In 2016, social media is absolutely necessary for journalists. Not only does it help you spread your writing/blog, it is a great way to get the news out if you’re on the scene. It’s the easiest way to reach people in real time.

  17. audriek says:

    After learning about the history of the Internet I was surprised to find out it was not solely invented by one person. It was more so an idea that began catching on and snowballed into what it is today. The ideas built off of one another into something we refer to today as the Internet.
    One interesting thing I learned was that the original ARPANET grew into the Internet.
    Just like any other invention, this one needed time to grow and develop and I believe continues to do that today as well with the ever-changing. One example of an early modification that needed to be made was “algorithms” that prevented lost packets from permanently disabling communications and allowing them to be successfully retransmitted from its original source.
    Once the commercialization of the technology began, this also exposed many people to the system.
    The Internet has brought so much exposure to the world and has “conceived the era of time-sharing.”
    In chapter 2 of Journalism Next, we learned all about blogs, everything from the significance of them, the fact that they’re “not magic” and the importance of keeping up with them. Let’s be honest, we want people to read them and in time, gain a following.
    One thing recommended that I will make an effort to do this semester is to post early as well as often. Its so much better to stay “on top of it” than to fall behind.
    Additionally, I will also link it to my Twitter. This just allows it to actually build your following to an entire world of networking that you may not be able to gain just with blogging alone.

  18. John Mark says:

    I think ‘The Wisdom of the crowd’ is an awful name for the concept, but I agree it can help in objective, factual instances. Briggs talks about the different kinds of journalism that involve the community, and it’s absolutely essential to do so. Like we saw in class with the twitter posts during the assassination of Osama Bin Laden, the crowd can be a powerful tool in gathering information. Gathering leads, facts, ideas, and comments is important.

    Where I think the concept fails is the idea that the crowd’s “average” is a better answer than any individual answer. That totally works in factual instances, like the one in the video, but things like politics, art, restaurants, etc. are opinion-based, with little basis in objectivity. This also allows, as the ReadWriteWeb article shows, for a small group of committed people to sway the crowd average. So the idea of the wisdom of the crowd should apply to information gathering, not ratings and opinions.

    Speaking of crowds, Briggs talks about how important link curation is for gathering a dedicated audience. I try in my blog to add hyperlinks to all sorts of media, although the audience that would give me feedback isn’t quite there. I use a variety of link curation search engines and sites, and they help immensely. I have a small problem with the BBC’s explanation of link curation, though, in their Pirate Bay article.

    The article asks as though Pirate Bay links the user to another website where they can download a BitTorrent file, but anyone who has used Pirate Bay (or any file-sharing site) knows that the website contains a direct download of the torrent file itself. Pirate Bay shares connections, not necessarily links.

    I was also confused about how upset the companies in the David G. Post article got. They were acting as though the advertising revenue that TotalNews and Microsoft got was directly taking revenue away from those sites, but I don’t see how. Sure, TotalNews kept its ad frame in place after link you to a news site, but I doubt coding in 1997 was to the point where TotalNews could actively block the linked site’s ads and only show its own.

    So wouldn’t both sites get their own, separate ad revenue? How can those news sites actually lose ad revenue from that system? I’m actually really curious about it, because it really doesn’t make sense to me. Please let me know if you have a better answer.

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