The History of the Internet
Introduction: The Need to Communicate
The Internet has become a modern tool of communication, capable of accessing vast amounts of information in a tenth of a second. The Internet evolved because of a need to communicate, but in a very particular way: interactively. As Harold Adams Innis (1994) noted, changes in communications technology have often accompanied great social change. This has been the case throughout recorded history. As access to the printed page proved to be a powerful revolutionary and evolutionary force in medieval Europe, the Internet has opened up the world of documents to those capable of signing on.
As the Internet becomes more of an accepted part of..