History of the Internet

My Communication professor showed us this YouTube clip in his last lecture. As I’m learning more about the Internet, I’m amazed that it didn’t use to exist too long ago and that its “invention” (or, as Wade Rowland would argue, its “imagination”) was a direct product of the US military’s fears during the cold war.

I also find it interesting that from the very beginning, the Internet’s culture has emphasized collaboration and giving away stuff (such as information and software)  for free. The historical context of this medium helps explain to me some of the most pressing issues facing it today such a piracy, net neutrality, and premium pricing strategies for content such as wall pricing.