History of the Internet
In my Web Media class on Tuesday, each of us (in groups of four) presented on the history of the internet. A keynote was not made a requirement, so the variety of presentation formats was pleasing. The acting and yarn tossing was especially entertaining. The learning experience was enhanced by some well written articles and some well designed/illustrated educational videos.
One of the articles that I particularly enjoyed was Vanity Fair’s How the Web Was Won. It contains an explanation of Al Gore‘s contribution to the internet, and it clarifies that he never claimed he invented it. There is also a slide show of internet pioneers.
You can watch one of the videos I mentioned here. This video is beautifully designed and choreographed. It is very easy to follow and there is so much to learn from it. I highly recommend it.
There is so much to know about the history of the internet. I had no idea it all started all the way back in 1945, when the idea of linking research books via microfilm was introduced by Vannevar Bush.
So if you’re as excited about this as I am, go read some articles, watch some videos, and don’t ever say that Al Gore claimed he invented the internet!
additional resources: http://www.ibiblio.org/pioneers/bush.html