I guess I’m starting this one month too late, but better late than never right? Hopefully I’ll catch up to the rest of the class soon enough!
So for the first week we learnt about the history of the internet, where we are now in the progress of Internet technology and what our future holds. I came across this one day while I was on Tumblr and I found it really apt, hilarious but ironic at the same time. Internet Explorer was the first browser created and was what spearheaded the developments of the world wide web that we know today. Yet as its predecessors progress, it lags behind and they soon outrun it in speed, relevance and user interface. Today, most people stay away from using Internet Explorer but opt for faster and better options such as Google Chrome, Firefox or even Safari. I find it sad that what was initially the most developed and the pride of the Internet has faded into the background and cast off as being slow and unimportant.
That being said, apparently the developers of Internet Explorer have declared that they are going to shut it down. 😱 Despite all that has been said about its flaws and drawbacks, at least Internet Explorer still exists now for the younger generations to know the history of the Internet, the first browser. With its shut down, how will the future generations know about the history of the Internet because they’ve never met it. I don’t think its necessary to shut it down, perhaps they can start by tweaking it so that all websites and applications can work equally well on the other browsers as well, and start to release their responsibilities. What would be achieved with the closure of Internet Explorer? And instead of admitting defeat, the developers could also find a way to improve the software and bring it back on par with the rest of the browsers.
I think the main thing about the internet that has developed over time, is our dependence or maybe over-dependence on the Internet. When it was first created, it was novel, which sparked people’s interests and want to be included. Slowly it has transformed into something so part and parcel of our lives that we now cannot live without it, whether consciously or unconsciously. The way I see it going is that in the future the dependence on the Internet will only get worse and soon we will find ourselves and the whole world, even rural areas, unable to live their day to day lives without the internet. Already now we are unaware that our whatsapp texts are over the internet, our FaceTime calls use the Internet and our Emails use the Internet, and it is so easy to forget because we are so used to having it right at our finger tips without even thinking twice of what makes it possible.