For the Military vs. For the Masses

What I found most interesting was the fact that after 1950 there was a snowball affect of advancements and developments concerning the Internet after the 1950s. I thought the most surprising part of this notion was that these advancements originally began for military purposes, but over time the masses were able to take it and turn it into something that created communities, brought people together, and also served as another platform for businesses to monopolise. They essentially took something that was intended to be used for war and destruction and instead used it as something innovative and positive. As we went over during lecture, when the Cold War brought around the need for electronic computing, they knew things would need to improve to continue into a time where technology was becoming not only important, but also necessary. It wasn’t really until the 90s when the Internet became a more common, prevalent part of everyday people’s homes and lives. Looking back on the overall timeline and seeing how quickly things changed and developed to bring us to smart phones, social media, and the like today is astonishing. It makes me wonder, if the internet’s early structure hadn’t been equally useful for both the military and for those in academics, who would’ve been more likely to shape the internet for their needs? How would that have affected how we use and view the Internet/technology today?

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