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The Rise and Rise of the World Wide Web

Alex Christie

12 May 2008

This is a topic that has been hotly debated both in the on and offline world, and since the World Wide Web has only recently celebrated its 15th birthday I thought it would be interesting to look into a couple of points that are often overlooked.

It’s widely accepted that the web is still very much in its infancy despite the phenomenal rate at which things like speed and accessibility have evolved.  Its hard to believe that it was only 10 years ago we were struggling to view basic websites, through a distinctly irregular dial-up connection – streaming online videos seemed a very long way off indeed. 

Tinternet_1But now there seem to be more and more concerns over the social and economic implications of the internet than the actual technology itself.  We live in an age where people are not only existing in what is in effect a virtual world, but they are also working in this world as well.  Furthermore we are entering a world in which things like political battles live and die by their online manifestos and the most unpleasant of social implications, crime, is morphing into a all together more complex entity as a direct result of the changes in the way we live.

As with most things, the changes we are likely to see online are going to have both positive and negative implication on all our lives.  What do you think will be the most significant transformation of the world wide web in years to come?



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