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By John Naughton

An intimate, gloriously written examine the communications revolution and the way it has unfolded the world.The net is the main notable factor people have equipped because the pyramids. A millennium from now, historians will glance again at it and surprise humans outfitted with such clumsy instruments succeeded in developing this kind of leviathan.Yet at the same time the internet pervades our lives, we commence to take it with no consideration. we have now misplaced our skill for ask yourself. such a lot people don't know the place the net got here from, the way it works, or who created it and why. or even fewer have any thought of what it ability for society and the future.John Naughton has written a hot and passionate booklet that seeks to rescue the net from the condescension of posterity, to have a good time the engineers and scientists who carried out their goals in and software program, and to give an explanation for the values and ideas that drove them. even if its topic turns out technical, the ebook in reality is own. John Naughton writes in regards to the internet like Nick Hornby writes approximately football. a quick heritage of the longer term is an intimate party of imaginative and prescient and altruism, ingenuity and resolution, and certainly the ability of rules to alter the world.". . . a desirable and hugely obtainable heritage of the net full of interesting anecdotes and stimulating insights." --David Puttnam"At final the net will get the historical past e-book it deserves." --The Bookseller

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Some people use virtual communities as a form of psychotherapy. Others. . spend eighty hours a week or more pretending they are somebody else, living a life that does not exist outside a computer. 17 Rheingold, who has been observing the Net from the beginning, thinks that people use the network in two basic ways: for entertainment and information; and to form what he calls 'virtual communities'. A terrible beauty? 41 To people who have never ventured online, the idea of a virtual community must seem at best oxymoronic, at worst absurd.

And anyway, you don't need to resort to theories about the 40 Wonderment mechanics of digital replication to explain why the Net is different from anything we've seen before. For the conventional definition describing it as a global network of computer networks contains an elementary schoolboy mistake. It makes no mention of people. The Net is really a system which links together a vast number of computers and the people who use them. And it's the people who make it really interesting. They use it for lots of things that human beings like to do (including, increasingly, shopping) but mostly they use it to communicate.

Instead I keep the PCs downstairs where I can see them - and where I can monitor what the children do with them, rather than banishing them to their bedrooms. The solution to the problem, in other words, is to exercise one's parental responsibilities, not subcontract them to software written by someone else. But although most of the fuss in the media is about the threat to children posed by online pornography, that's just a smokescreen for the real issue - which is adult sexuality. Given that the Net is the first completely free publication medium that has ever existed, it would be astonishing if there were not lots of pornography on it because the human appetite for porn is - and always has been - vast and unimaginably diverse.

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