The Shotgun Blog
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
The Internet Turns Ten
Patrick Ruffini, blogger since 1997;
As someone who's been online in one form or another since 1990, it's getting harder to remember the days before the Net as a second skin. I remember debating the first Iraq war in Prodigy's message boards, helping establish online communities in 1993, picking up a 600-page tome in mid-1994 on this text-based ether of Telnet and Gopher protocols known as "the Internet." By the time I got my 3 ½" floppy with NCSA Mosaic from the local ISP in January of '95, I was hooked. This interoperable, endlessly adaptable world was not only useful – and addictive – but it would revolutionize the way we interacted with information. I knew the Internet wasn't just another gadget or fad when I simply wouldn't get tired of it. Ever since, I've only had that reaction to a big system only once – with the advent of political blogging in 2001.
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Al Gore would be so pleased with his baby. ;-)
Posted by: WLMackenzie redux | 2005-08-10 2:37:04 PM
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