Is the history of the Internet any longer relevant and is there anything to be learned from it?
Understanding the history of the Internet dispels the illusion behind it. No longer do I ask, “Where is the internet?” It is a logical and actually a relatively simple method of connections between computers, Wi-Fi and servers that we can track from the beginnings of ARPANET to the massive global infrastructure we now have.
To look at the history of the Internet is to look at young minds, young ideas and young people. Today young individuals dominate the Internet and are consistently best able to utilise its powers to their ability. YouTube stars are becoming famous, rich and influential people in ways subculture icons before them have done. The only difference being now, everybody is part of the same ‘sub’culture, the Internet.
We all use social media, we all have online personalities and we all post aspect of our lives that seem the most desirable. We could be seen as the most self obsessed generation to ever live, and we can see these values being spread throughout wider society. Popular culture focuses largely on self confidence, empowerment and beauty. In 2013 “selfie” was named word of the year and added to the Oxford english dictionary.
However, as with anything, fads will come and go, the generations will grow up, move on and develop new things to follow. Already a new video posting site YouNow (which I hadn’t heard of before) has so called ‘celebrities’ dominating site traffic. Young people will always demand progression and the internet has allowed for this to happen on a worldwide scale at an even more rapid pace. Regardless of how narcissistic or shallow that progression may currently be, there will always be new normals.