This essay was very easy to understand considering it was probably one of the most intelligent ones we’ve read, or at least in my opinion. I’ve never thought about what the letters mean in the URL bar, but after reading this piece, I was able to piece a little bit of it together. I thought that the somewhat history of the different hypertexts was interesting because it shows how much the behind the scenes, or monitors, have changed just within the past few decades.
People don’t think how much work goes into just one query on the Internet. It may seem like it’s an automatic process, but the fact that it goes from server to server and then back to your computer proves how dependent we are on technology. Think about it: going to find one article in a magazine in a library is so draining, but on the Internet, with just one keyword, you can find what you’re looking for within a matter of seconds. Google even shows how long it took to find what you were looking for.
The section on recent W3 developments was interesting as well because I felt that it showed some organization with the whole system of different software and how it was presented to users. People who aren’t technologically capable of figuring out what they need for their computers or for themselves love when things are set out as a sort of checklist, because then they know what they are getting with the software instead of playing a guessing game.
The last thing I want to talk about was how they said that W3 had overflowed it’s original goal, which cold have been detrimental to a lot of things, but it turned out to expand a lot of thinking and technological innovations. I don’t think anyone saw the Internet taking off as fast, or as well, as it did. It’s changed lives, like many other pieces of technology, but I can honestly say I don’t know what I would do without the Internet.