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I recently received a job from SBS Farms in New York. I am moving to Florida to work with some of the most talented individuals in the horse industry.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Internet History 101

So, I'm supposed to look at the history of the internet for my Blog "A" entry this week for mass communications, and I obviously went right to the source itself to talk about...itself.

I searched "History of the internet" on GOOGLE, which is the best thing ever invented on the internet because it finds everything and anything you need by using highly top-secret net crawling software. Anyway, Wikipedia is always a trusty source and it went into long lone Encyclopedia Brittanica explanation of where the internet came from and why it was developed. I took ad exerpt from Wikipedia to try and look at things in a clearer perspective.

The "world wide web" is more commoly known as www. or the inernet. A specific timeline was followed in order to get where it is today. Wikipedia offers the layman's connection to what we see on our computer screens today.

"An early popular web browser, modeled after HyperCard, was ViolaWWW. It was eventually overshadowed by Mosaic, a graphical browser developed by a team at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (NCSA-UIUC), led by Marc Andreessen. Funding for Mosaic came from the High-Performance Computing and Communications Initiative, a funding program initiated by then-Senator Al Gore's High Performance Computing and Communication Act of 1991. Mosaic's graphical interface soon became more popular than Gopher, which at the time was primarily text-based, and the WWW became the preferred interface for accessing the Internet. Mosaic was superseded in 1994 by Andreessen's Netscape Navigator, which grew to become the world's most popular browser. Competition from Internet Explorer and a variety of other browsers has almost completely displaced it. Another important event held on January 11, 1994, was the The Superhighway Summit at UCLA's Royce Hall. This was the 'first public conference bringing together all of the major industry, government and academic leaders in the field [and] also began the national dialogue about the Information Superhighway and its implications.'" (Wikipedia)

I personally feel that the internet is the best media to demonstrate globalization. This form of media covers the entire world through a series of networks and computers and makes it as easy as a click of a button to be in Russia, then Italy, then Canada. Everyone all over the world connects to the internet and delves into what it can offer from porn to blogs, from McDonald's fat content to the Ab Glide, it has everything from everywhere.

I have friends on the internet from all over the world. I was able to become e-mail buddies with a girl in Russia. My brother is a World of Warcraft buff and has friends in the Phillippeans and everywhere else. The internet shrinks our world and has taken it by storm in just over a decade.


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