Saturday, June 24, 2006

A bit of history? (1)

Somehow I cannot get really excited about the history of the internet. It seems so new still, it is strange to think of it as having a history. Will the internet be as enduring as the history of the book or is it just a fad? Books have been extremely important and long-living since the first wax tablets and papyrus scrolls until present day. Hundreds and hundreds of years from now, will the internet still be going strong?

People are working on documenting the history of the internet by identifying creators, inventors, protocol implementers, and essentially everyone who has devoted the last 10 years to the development of the internet in all countries. This project, Who is Who in the Internet World, is making a strong effort in preserving the internet's history for future knowledge.

Do you want to know everything there is to know about the internet? Check out the Internet Society. Some areas of the website require membership, but there are some great links about internet history, laws, codes of conduct, statistics, and more. To view an amazing exhibit on the history of the internet, visit the Computer History Museum, and make sure to notice their excellent timeline.

I am wondering when we will all get internet chips implanted into our brains. If these trends continues, how long will it be until we live completely in a virtual world? Am I the only one who is not excited about this? Call me old fashioned, but I will still take a book over the internet anyday. The internet is amazing, its history still in the making, but I think what is most intriguing is what the future will hold, and how far the internet will continute to seep into and consume our lives.

4 Comments:

Blogger Heidi said...

"chips implanted in our brains" you should read the YA title "Feed" that is exactly what happens and it is frightening! I do agree that sometimes technology seems like too much, but I still love all the info on the Net.

6:49 PM  
Blogger Joy Austria said...

"Will the internet be as enduring as the history of the book or is it just a fad? Books have been extremely important and long-living since the first wax tablets and papyrus scrolls until present day. Hundreds and hundreds of years from now, will the internet still be going strong?"

My first thought was - "This is the evolution of information." But now that I think about it...it's not so much information evolving but the vehicles that store information. As human technology becomes more sophisticated so too the containers we store our knowledge. Will the internet be as strong fifty years from now? The internet will evolve into something else fifty years from now. What exactly I have no clue.

I'm a librarian not a fortune teller : )

9:45 AM  
Blogger Bethie B said...

i tend to agree with you about not having elevated levels of excitement about the history of the Internet. this seems to mirror my general enthusiasm for the history of technology in general, which i suppose means that i completely take it all for granted.

ilove technological innovations - i think they're fascinating! i love to use them, especially if they are time- or money-savers. but i really just couldn't care less about who invented them(although i'm sure they're lovely people!), what other types of innovations they were built on, the latest breakthroughs, etc. is that so wrong?? i mean, even with the history of the book, i love that there ARE books. the ancients who used scrolls, Guttenburg, etc. how great that those innovations occured! i just have never personally been too excited to learn more. which is totally anathema to my general curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and finding out "the new".

i'm not quite sure why that is. perhaps i relate it more to science-y things than i do to the social sciences and humanities. hmm...i might have to do some soul-searching about this because now i'm annoyed with myself that i DON'T care! ahh, the things that blogging/commenting can do....

9:18 AM  
Blogger Juliette73 said...

This was a cool link. Thanks for the post!

1:26 PM  

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