- "I have an almost religious zeal - not for technology per se, but for the Internet which is for me, the nervous system of mother Earth, which I see as a living creature, linking up." ~Dan Millman
- "We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology." ~Carl Sagan
- "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Arthur Clarke's 3rd 'law'
- "The Internet is the most important single development in the history of human communication since the invention of call waiting." ~Dave Barry
- "Once a new technology rolls over you, if you're not part of the steamroller, you're part of the road." ~Stewart Brand
- "Technology... is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other." ~C.P. Snow, New York Times, 15 March 1971
- "A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any other invention in human history, with the possible exception of handguns and tequila." ~Mitch Radcliffe
- Why the Internet Is More Curse Than Blessing cartoon list of pros/cons; 8/27/2012; Murphy's Laws
What is the Internet?
- "The Internet is the largest experiment involving anarchy in history." ~Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen in The New Digital Age
- "The Internet is not something that you just dump something on. It's not a big truck. It's a series of tubes. And if you don't understand, those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and it's going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material." ~Sen. Ted Stevens
- "It's been my policy to view the Internet not as an 'information highway,' but as an electronic asylum filled with babbling loonies." ~Mike Royko
- "The Internet is the trailer park for the soul." ~Marilyn Manson
- "The Web is trivially simple - massively successful and it's like Karaoke - anybody can do it." ~Ted Nelson
- hardware: global system of interconnected networks (wired/wireless routers, switches, ...) of devices (servers, computers, smartphones, ...)
- network protocols (TCP/IP, email, http, ftp,...) and web standards
- services, applications; the Web (or email) is not the Internet -- it is one of many services layered on top of the Internet
- metaphors: information superhighway/infobahn, pipes/tubes, utility grid, library, global village, cloud, surfing, global brain, cyberspace, 'God', ... (more)
- replacement for publishers (books, newspapers, music, media, video), communications (post office, phone), agents
- Engineering the Internet infographic; 10/5/2012
- HowStuffWorks: How does the Internet work?; What's the difference between the Internet and the World Wide Web?; Internet (general)
- Internet Society: What is the Internet?; History of the Internet; Facts and Figures; How it Works; Who Makes it Work; How Is the Internet Evolving?
- Videos: Internet Intro; 1:45; animated, Monty Python style; 1:50; 'Series of tubes' (techno remix), 3:10;
- HowStuffWorks Internet Quizzes: Fact or Fiction; Myths; Top 5 Myths; Advanced; World Records; Computer History
- "If we examine technologies honestly, each one has its faults as well as its virtues. There are no technologies without vices and none that are neutral. The consequences of a technology expand with its disruptive nature. Powerful technologies will be powerful in both directions -- for good and bad." ~Kevin Kelly, What Technology Wants
- "Unforeseen consequences stand in the way of all those who think they see clearly the direction in which a new technology will take us. A new technology does not add or subtract something. It changes everything." ~Neil Postman, Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology
- "The Web site you seek
Cannot be located, but
Countless more exist." ~Haiku Error Messages
- "Stay the patient course.
Of little worth is your ire.
The network is down."
- "You step in the stream,
But the water has moved on.
This page is not here."
- Disruption: e-commerce; communication; learning; health care; ...
the status quo or "the good old days"
- Expanding access to Networks: more ubiquitous, inexpensive, speedier;
Limiting access: digital divide; monopolies; network non-neutrality;...
- Expanding access to Information: richer content (media, interactivity); deeper (smart search); broader (collaboration); spying; malware; piracy; ...
Limiting access: multiple standards/formats; censorship; copyright; paywalls; privacy; ...
- Individuals vs. Corporations / Governments