By John Naughton
An intimate, gloriously written examine the communications revolution and the way it has unfolded the world.The web is the main striking 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 growing any such leviathan.Yet whilst the internet pervades our lives, we start to take it without any consideration. we've got misplaced our ability for ask yourself. so much people don't know the place the web got here from, the way it works, or who created it and why. or even fewer have any notion of what it capability for society and the future.John Naughton has written a hot and passionate e-book that seeks to rescue the web from the condescension of posterity, to have fun the engineers and scientists who applied their desires in and software program, and to give an explanation for the values and concepts that drove them. even if its topic turns out technical, the ebook in reality is own. John Naughton writes concerning the internet like Nick Hornby writes approximately football. a short historical past of the long run is an intimate social gathering of imaginative and prescient and altruism, ingenuity and resolution, and especially the ability of rules to alter the world.". . . a desirable and hugely available historical past of the web jam-packed with exciting anecdotes and stimulating insights." --David Puttnam"At final the net will get the background publication it deserves." --The Bookseller
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It was also pointed out that it is impossible to count the number of times those files are downloaded since the Net measures only how many people are presented with the opportunity to download, not how many actually do. This was bad enough, but there was more to come. It turned out that this learned research study was written by an undergraduate who already had a track record of hi-jacking public debate. At the age of sixteen, for example, while still a junior at Atlantic City High School, Rimm had conducted a survey that purported to show that 64 per cent of his school's students had illicitly gambled at the city's casinos.
43 e-mail. Heavy legal artillery was trained on the Act - paid for by outfits like the Electronic Frontier Foundation as well as the American Civil Liberties Union. In the end the Act was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in June 1997 and American legislators are still wondering what hit them. The coherence of the Net is sometimes its most surprising quality. After all, it has no central authority, no body which determines who can join it and under what conditions. Anyone can hook a computer to the Internet, provided they can pay for the physical connection and run the standard software.
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.