The History and Future of the Internet
Many believe the internet was an over night sensation, that one day, someone invented the internet and it spread in popularity faster than Tickle Me Elmo or the Macarena. Although the internet did have a surge of commercial popularity, with the invention of Mosaic and later with e-commerce, it was created many years ago with the development of military networking technologies. Also, the internet, unlike many pop culture fads of the nineties, will continue to see a growth in popularity and usefulness as a form of media throughout the information age. Sure, the internet became overambitious to the point where many internet start-up companies lost their businesses in the recession of the past few years. The quality of the internet, however, has increased as companies realize that there exists competition and smarter consumers that demand superiority. The internet has taken the world so far in its short commercial life; the future of the internet provides limitless possibilities of a much different future.
The internet was created to test new networking technologies developed to eventually aid the military. The Arpanet, advanced research projects agency network, became operational in 1968 after it was conceived by Leanard Roberts (Watrall, T101, 2/2). Ever since the Arpanet began in 1968, it grew exponentially in the number of connected users. Traffic and host population became too big for the network to maintain, due to the killer application known as email created in 1972. The outcry for a better way sparked the development of the NSFNet. The National Science Foundation Network replaced Arpanet, and ultimately had many positive effects. This early division of the internet spread its network across the United States and broke the capacity limit of networking capabilities. Also, the NSFNet encouraged a surge of internet use to a point where private internet providers developed. Mosaic, created by Marc Andreessen, is described as the killer application for the internet. Because it was the first program to provide a slick multimedia graphical user interface, people had a reason to logon and download their free version of this monumental application. Mosaic soon turned into Netscape Navigator and the rest is history (dictionary.com).
Through the internet was original used to support the development of the military many years ago, it became a commercial commodity in the nineties and into the new millennium. The internet grew and grew as an explosion of people logging on and creating their own personal website. Companies could advertise their products, people could freely send emails; there was...