The Exchange of Information
The Internet is a telecommunications superhighway, a collective data of information for corporations, government institutions, private individuals, and universities. This branch of roads leads into nearly every corner of the globe. The superhighway, picks up potential travelers from far away places, exotic destinations, and interesting people. The internet can transport you from one major destination to another quickly, then it also can detour you into a leisurely exploration. Like a superhighway, the internet carries holiday and family traffic. Also traveling are both people who know precisely where they are going and those who are wandering. Government, educational, and business institution are also frequent travelers of the internet. In brief, the internet is an open road for anyone interested in a journey or for users who need a quick shortcut across the country.
Information and communication are the main resource pools for the internet. The internet provides information, the raw data for which we need knowledge to decode or understand. Looking at the internet as a source of information leads us to ask if this information is a commodity. According to Webster's Dictionary, a commodity is an article of trade or commerce which holds a value and use, especially a product distinguished from a service, like the internet. The internet provides wide variety of information to enhance our knowledge. This information matches this description of commodity because of the benefits being exchanged through this modern technology. Therefore, the internet represents the commodification of information through the commercial, private, and government sector of our economy.
To fully understand the significance and nature of the internet, we must first, take a look at the background and history of the internet. Laurence Canter and Martha Siegel, the authors of How to make a Fortune on the Information Superhighway, explain that the internet was created in 1969 by a branch of the federal government's Department of Defense. The original network, called ARPAnet (Advanced Research Projects Agency) was created by the government for military purposes. This network system was a way to find out how to build persistent networks that could withstand the wages of war. The users experimented with this form of networking as a way to transfer data. The military project was to design the Internet Protocol the network system in which two computers, a client and a server, can communicate. "As it evolved over the first few years, this electronic highway was aimed at providing a pipeline for electronic mail services and on-line libraries for universities and government agencies"(Canter and Siegel 34-36). Laurence also states, ³In the beginning, the internet was like a strain of bacteria that was alive and healthy but which lacked the medium it needed to multiply² (Canter and Siegel 20). Up until 1981, there were 213 computers registered on...