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Oct 25 2010

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Melih Bilgil's "History of the Internet" is a well-designed and well-narrated piece that provides an  international perspective on the history of the Internet.
This is the first in a set of four videos I created and narrated for students in an online graduate seminar I taught, called "Teaching with Technology." My favorite portion of the video series appears at the end of the second video and into the third: My brother lived in Silicon Valley during the boom and bust of the Web (1998–2000). His stories help put us in that particular historical moment.
Ethan Zuckerman is a researcher with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and in this 2006 talk, provides a concise and interesting Internet history.
The Not in Words project is designed to explain dense technical information using a "universal" language—images. This particular video provides such information as it relates to the transition from web 1.0 to web 2.0.
Included here is the original 2007 "Did You Know?" along with the 2009 update to the video. In the videos, we learn that MySpace (circa 2007), if it were a country, would be the 11th largest in the world, and that from July through September 2009, more content was uploaded and shared via YouTube than CBS, ABC, and NBC had produced and aired together in the past 60 years.

Five Takes on the History of the Internet

Uploaded by christina_admin on 2010-10-05 19:13

The Internet is our writing space par excellence, whether we access it via our smartphones, through a Web browser,or using an email application. Having a sense of how this space was imagined, designed, and crafted, and how it has evolved and continues to evolve helps situate us in its larger cultural, social, and technological context of the Internet—not just in this particular digital moment.

There is no "One Grand History" of the Internet, but, rather, multiple histories of the Internet exist, and sometimes these histories compete or are at odds with one another. Embracing the complexity of this history and understanding how we've quickly moved from stand-alone computers the size of a house to networked devices with a thousand times more capacity that fit in our pocket is crucial for us as educators, and it is rich knowledge to share with students.

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