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Like a Rolling Stone- “The History of the Internet” and blogging

February 3, 2011

I recently watched a film in my Social Media class called “The History of the Internet”. There are a few interesting points about this movie:

a) it is presented by the History channel, so it is not playing around

b) it’s much more factual than The Social Network (as an understatement),

c) it is quite similar to my nouveau ventures in blogging and social  media.

It also kind of reaffirms my somewhat hipster belief that under-the-radar things are much better than mainstream ones. But I digress…

In 1994, there were 25 websites on the Internet. As Katie Couric said on a Today Show airing of the time, “What is the Internet?”- the public had no idea just how radically this medium woud change world.

Marc Andreessen, the creator of the browser, described his new invention as “instant sharing, user-friendly, general communication”. This detail strikes me as similar to the concept of a blog- anyone can share, anyone can contribute, and the information is universal in use.

It’s also kind of like the “Open Mic” experience, but I’ll keep going.

The early Internet model of “packet sharing” in which “packets” of data were transferred along a “mouse in a maze” diagram, hitting wherever they could go, reminds me of the concept of neurons and the brain. It is pathway communication at its core. It’s amazing now to see what it has become.

An image of neurons in the brain.

Even e-mail, which was described as a “Killer App” in its day, has shifted our perception of communication and “hype”. In the words of the movie, “We are connected to the outside world without even going outside.”

In the technological world of 2011, the instant quality of the Internet is absolutely vital to our every day lives. In 1969 at the creation of the ARPA-net, an earlier version of the Internet, work was simply work and communication was defined as anything spoken or written on paper.

Just to put things in perspective, there are 55 million websites on the Internet today.

The movie and my Social Media class has opened my eyes to the blogging realm and the infinite possibility of finding followers, people, and careers online. It also makes me more hopeful for my outside music ventures, which could always be a backup career in this day and age with the infinite possibility of the Internet. Who knows!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 8, 2011 4:39 pm

    Good posts. But get rid of the animated graphic. Also, replace the tagline “Just another” with something meaningful to your site. Also, what did you mean about the video throwing “The Social Network” under the bus?

    • February 8, 2011 9:59 pm

      Thanks Ms. Royal! I was implying that fact-wise it was more to the point than the cinematized “Social Network”, I didn’t mean to make that too confusing! Thanks so much for your feedback, I will definitely switch the description. 🙂

  2. April 29, 2011 12:07 pm

    I don’t usually comment but I gotta admit thankyou for the post on this special one : D.

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