Just been watching the first in this 4 part series about the World Wide Web. Shock horror the web is not, as yet, world wide! So not such a ‘level playing field’ – nor do I think it ever will be – it simply reflects our society of ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’.
Forgive me if I’m wrong, but I didn’t think Tim Berners-Lee set-out to invent something ‘antiestablishmentarian’ – which the programme seem to hinting at. He was simply solving a problem. Providing colleagues working at CERN, in the early 90s, with a common language and system for communication. His idea was not designed with the intent of bringing about a revolution.
The fact that it did is interesting – but clearly there are many more players who have contributed to this technological empowerment of the masses.
I also found it quite strange that ‘we’ are not comfortable with the exponential growth of Internet giants, Google, Facebook, Twitter and Amazon (to name but a few). Lets face(book) it – it is going to happen. This is how things work. People like order, they like familiarity, they like products that enable them to ‘do stuff’ without having to be a geek. And ultimately they like to belong, be part of the flock, tribe or group – this is why religion use to be such crowd puller. Now we worship a different god.
Dr. Aleks Krotoski’s commentary has, needless to say, sparked much discussion and debate in the Twitterverse. Many seem disappointed with the programme – but doubtless many more will be back for a second helping next Saturday at 8:30pm – BBC – The Virtual Revolution. I know I will.