By John Naughton
An intimate, gloriously written examine the communications revolution and the way it has spread out the world.The net is the main notable factor humans have outfitted because the pyramids. A millennium from now, historians will glance again at it and surprise humans outfitted with such clumsy instruments succeeded in growing this type of leviathan.Yet while the web pervades our lives, we commence to take it without any consideration. now we have misplaced our means for ask yourself. so much people do not know the place the web got here from, the way it works, or who created it and why. or even fewer have any concept of what it skill for society and the future.John Naughton has written a hot and passionate ebook that seeks to rescue the web from the condescension of posterity, to have fun the engineers and scientists who carried out their desires in and software program, and to provide an explanation for the values and concepts that drove them. even if its topic turns out technical, the e-book in truth is own. John Naughton writes in regards to the web like Nick Hornby writes approximately football. a quick background of the longer term is an intimate party of imaginative and prescient and altruism, ingenuity and resolution, and mainly the ability of rules to alter the world.". . . a desirable and hugely obtainable background of the web filled with fascinating anecdotes and stimulating insights." --David Puttnam"At final the net will get the heritage ebook it deserves." --The Bookseller
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17 Rheingold, who has been observing the Net from the beginning, thinks that people use the network in two basic ways: for entertainment and information; and to form what he calls 'virtual communities'. A terrible beauty? 41 To people who have never ventured online, the idea of a virtual community must seem at best oxymoronic, at worst absurd. How can you have 'communities' of people who never meet, who mostly know very little about one another, and who are not linked by the bonds of obligation and custom which govern real communities?
And so it went, and goes, on, an endless recycling of myths from newspaper clippings, ignorance, prejudice, fear, intellectual sloth and plain, ornery malice. Myths about the evils of the Internet are invariably leavened with some hoary staples. The first concerns children - and the dangers that lie in wait for them in Cyberspace. Yet the minute one begins to probe into this phobia, strange contradictions appear. For example, I have met parents who seem relaxed about violent videos and/or unpleasant computer games, and yet are terrified of letting their kids on to the Net.
Ho, ho! The idea that newspapers are paragons of editorial objectivity will raise a hollow laugh from anyone who has been reported by them. Freedom of the (printed) press often means the freedom to publish as much of conventional wisdom and the proprietor's prejudices as will fit between the advertisements. Journalists who live in glass houses should undress in the dark. One of the more interesting aspects of media hypocrisy about the Net is that it is not confined to the tabloid end of the spectrum.
A Brief History of the Future: From Radio Days to Internet Years in a Lifetime by John Naughton