Many of the readings for this week dealt with the development of the Internet and the evolution of networking in general. While this is a fascinating topic, the breadth of that history can be overwhelming. Therefore, anyone looking for a concise, readable summary of the history of the Internet need look no further than an article written by Cameron Chapman for the web developer/designer website sixrevisions.com entitled "The History of the Internet in a Nutshell." It chronicles the forty years between 1969 and 2009 during which the entity now known as the Internet evolved. Beginning with the creation of ARPANET (which was mentioned in an earlier post on this site), Chapman lists the important dates, people, and events in the World Wide Web's history. The inclusion of multiple images and graphics makes the article visually appealing, while the abundance of links to outside information, often Wikipedia articles, allows readers to delve more deeply into topics they find interesting. There are many fascinating pieces of trivia. For example, spam messages were born in 1978 when Gary Thuerk sent unsolicited e-mails to 600 ARPANET users in California. Many people do not know how the Internet came into existence so this article provides a simple, enjoyable introduction to that history.
Chapman, Cameron. "The History of the Internet in a Nutshell." Six Revisions 15 Nov. 2009. Web. 2 Feb. 2014.