Chapter 1INTRODUCING THE PAST, PRESENT, ANDFUTURE OF THE WEB

Believe it or not, when we were kids, the standard way to send written text to someone was by mail. Not e-mail, mind you, but the physical kind requiring a stamp on the envelope. Admittedly, this makes us feel incredibly old. Right up until middle school, we would submit handwritten assignments, just like everybody else in our classes. It was the standard.

The Internet is a reasonably new invention, and the World Wide Web is even newer. Yet both have had as profound an impact on civilization as the printing press, the steam engine, or the lightbulb. When we were growing up, we had an impossible time finding good video games for our PCs. Computers were all about business then. We could ...

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