The World Wide Web-What Is It
The World Wide Web, in a very basic definition:
- "The World Wide Web ("WWW", or simply "Web") is an information space in which the items of interest, referred to as resources, are identified by global identifiers called Uniform Resource Identifiers (URI). It is often confused as being analagous to the entire Internet, whereas in fact it is a major subset of it. The purpose of the WWW is to allow users to view or make use of more than just text" (Wikipedia.)
The World Wide Web Community
The Web, officially launched as an offshoot of the Internet in 1989, has not been around that long. However, it has become a huge part of many people’s lives; enabling them to communicate, work, and play in a global context. The Web is all about relationships, and has made these relationships possible between individuals, groups, and communities where they wouldn’t have been otherwise. This Web is a community without borders, limits, or even rules; and has become a true world of its own.
The Original Intention of the World Wide Web
The Web is a giant experiment, a global theory, that has amazingly enough worked pretty well. Its history illustrates the ways that technological advancement and innovation can move along unintended paths. Originally, the Web and the Internet were created to be part of a military strategy, and not meant for private use. However, as in many experiments, theories, and plans, this didn’t actually happen.
Human Fingerprints on the World Wide Web
The Web is a structure created by humans, and we find out about the world by surfing sites, checking email, instant-messengering, and bulletin boards. The guidelines of the Web are fluid. We never know what we’re going to find. The Web, created by humans with human biases and human failings, is a technologically neutral tool, but each pixel on this network is infused with as much human bias and personality as humanly possible.