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To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark. ― Victor Hugo


The Internet and the World Wide Web.

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In 1997 this was the general view of the web.

"One day, walking down the street, a man encounters a talking dog. Amazed, the man dashes off to tell his friend. As they both hurry back to find the talking dog, his friend asks:

  • "A talking dog! What did it say?"
  • The man replies: "Who cares, it's a talking dog!"

In the late 20th century, the Web was just like the talking dog. Its content was not as important as the fact that it existed, was new and entranced everyone who could access it. Web sites were fun, innovative and mostly content light. There were web cameras on coffee pots and rotting apples, fish tanks and individuals doing mundane day to day tasks.

Size of the World Wide Web (WWW)

The USA Federal Government maintains a substantial presence on the internet. In 1999 it was estimated that The USA Department of Defence alone maintained close to 3,000 web sites which included over 1.5 million pages.

Governments and the Web

Towards the end of the 20th Century the WWW became the primary means by which governments communicated their information resources to their own people and by default the rest of the world (where access was not restricted).


  • 'The most important thing that has come from the Web (WWW) is the URL - not HTML.' (Stephen Ball, 2002 - Zvenco)

The Ubiquitous Net

" The internet is connected but not integrated. We have islands of information. The web is an enabler, a blank digital canvas, a medium for enhanced communication. It is global, accessible, open and ubiquitous. " (Sue Hoylen - reference unknown)

Internet Media

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