What’s next?

After reading ‘The History of the Internet in a Nutshell’ by Cameron Chapman, I was intrigued at the development of the internet in terms of the processes it went through. For example, the proposal for the World Wide Web took place in 1989 and two years later the first webpage was made. At the time, it was very basic but in the late 90’s, applications like email and search engines developed to what we have today.

Being a millennial child, I remember what the internet was like in it’s early years like dialling up to the internet and using CD-ROM’s instead of online computer games. I also remember my first social media account as well, it was a way at the time for everyone in high school to become ‘friends’ on Facebook and to see what you were up too. For the first time in my life, my life wasn’t so personal.

In conclusion, all traditional medians such as newspapers, radio, television etc have all converged into one or spread across multiple platforms or on just one device. Hardware and software has impacted the world in many positive and negative ways. After reading Chapman’s timeline, I wonder, what the future hold for the internet?

Chapman, Cameron. “The History of the Internet in a Nutshell.” Six Revisions. N.p., 15 Nov. 2009. Web. 1 Feb. 2016.



  1. I also remember first getting and using the Internet! Isn’t it strange that we all witnessed the beginning of social media and such a young age, and now all our younger siblings don’t know life without it.
    It’s amazing how quickly things have advanced in terms of technology, and how things continue to change. I remember when IPods first came out, and now almost everyone has an IPhone. Surely there’s an end point to how much we can develop.


  2. I really enjoyed reading your post. You managed to link the internets development to how it has effected you personally.

    I too read Cameron Chapman’s ‘The History of the Internet in a Nutshell’ and was shocked at its development process. It reminded me of the Google’s History reading last term and how similarly to the internet, Google snowballed into existence.

    You talk about how you remember how the internet impacted on you as a child, dialling to the internet and using CD-ROM’s instead of online games. This reminded me of how our generation has seen changes in gaming. Thanks to the creation of the Multi-User Dungeon (MUD) online interactive games such as World of Warcraft and Second Life were produced. In my childhood I remember playing online multiuser games such as Runescape about 10 years ago and today the internet has developed to accommodate popular console games as well such as GTA V, Call Of Duty and The Halo Series, adding them as multiplayer online games.

    This just goes to show how fast the internet and technology is developing. Even media formats that use to be separate such as newspapers, magazines, radio and television have united through the internets existence. The same goes for shopping businesses like Amazon and eBay which thanks to the internet have become massive.

    The internet is becoming a new way for people to live. Like the creation of moving image future generations will be use to the internets existence and may even interact with it at earlier ages, just like with television.

    Although I don’t know what future advancements their will be for the internet, what I do know is that internet and technology is developing fast and seems to be accelerating. So whatever advancements are to come may make our current technology seem primitive.


  3. I also find it interesting how much the Internet has transformed over time. Looking at a timeline of the development of the Internet, I also found it interesting that the Internet started as a device for the military, more informational based, but now it is a source of social connection and creativity. When looking at the timeline of the history of the Internet, the social media apps all appeared in the early 2000′, while more web based informational systems and softwares were developed earlier on. I think that shows how the Internet is transforming more into a social space for our generation, compared to an informational source in the earlier generations. Based on the timeline, I’m curious to see what is after the “social media generation” of the timeline. What happens after the social media apps? I think the Internet will always be a place for information and connection. However, in the future, I believe easier, more personal ways will be developed to connect. This could lead to an overflow of incorrect information or a cutoff from any kind of personal connection… I think the possibilities are endless when looking at how far the Internet has already come.


  4. When you’ve mentioned your first social media account, I was hoping that you would describe what it looked like back then and compare it to today’s social media accounts.

    Also, it is true the fact that most, if not all media platforms can now be seen and accessed on smart devices. This has made the news and information a lot more accessible. Therefore I believe that this opportunity to access internet almost anywhere, gave people a chance to become more educated and knowledgeable. From my point of view, the future Internet might change to the next level or vise verse-the access to it might become restricted and limited.


  5. I really enjoyed reading this post, because it actually made me feel a bit nostalgic about my childhood. Probably because I have went through the times of CD-ROM (burning movies,music or movies) or the dial-up connection (so slow and annoying). What makes me wonder is whether at the time people thought that the Internet would grow so big, that it would totally digitalize and globalize the world of media. Back in 1985 people thought that nowadays we would be driving flying cars, but as we can see it is not that different from 30 years ago, do you think it is the same with Internet?


  6. Hey, your memories of the internet brought back some nostalgic feelings. Beeing able to access everything online, without any effort, certainly feels less valuable. Do you think that social media has a negative influence on young teenagers? I also remember the time in school when everybody joined bebo and facebook, and can relate to your point that friendships can become less personal. Instead of calling each other, we send a quick chat message. But perhaps we meet up more often, because it is so easy to stay in touch? Personally I feel that facebook is a great way to connect with friends, as well as making it easier to meet new people. For example, you can find others that share the same interests through facebook groups or twitter. Would you agree that social media has increased our desire to communicate with others?


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