History of the Internet

After watching this video, I had to stop and think about all the information that was put into a short timeframe.  The information included was very useful and used some of the terminology we have discussed in lecture.  It’s hard to believe that the Internet is still such a new invention.  I have had Internet access since I was in elementary school and have used it for educational and entertainment purposes ever since.  The Internet quite literally encompasses every part of our lives and it’s rare for a day to go by without needing the Internet for some reason or other.  We use it to communicate, educate, and entertain ourselves, but it is certainly something that the American culture seems to take for granted.

Even in the past decade or so the Internet has undergone drastic changes.  We’ve seen the emergence and rapid popularity of social networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, which have made it easier to stay in touch with friends and family.  The way we use the Internet with sites such as these has changed the way our culture functions.  We are becoming more distant from one another but more connected all at the same time.  It’s almost an oxymoron.

While I recognized a good amount of the terminology used in the video, I was confused on the function of the IMP and Mainframe.  Although I watched that section of the video several times, I still do not feel comfortable with that information.  Overall, I thought this video did a satisfactory job of explaining the history and uses of the Internet.

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