The Internet has become the reservoir the keeping of old information and the creation of the new. It is both an archive and the generator for content. I have long been fascinated by this relationship of the web and to see it culminate to where it is now is a fascinating moment to witness. With so much data now being made widely available for all to use, someone could just as easily look up obscure, esoteric Japanese pop culture as they could an electric company in hutto, Texas. Truly, this is a wonder of the world. No one thing that human kind has ever created has been able to offer all people so much hope, so much potential, so much raw information that we can utilize within the context of our lives however we might wish. Something like this is beyond value – can you imagine how much an individual would have to pay an educational institution for access to some of this information that is now freely available?
This capability is going to lead human culture to a new place as we fashion a new way of thinking that is going to slowly emerge with every successive generation that has access to this digital sea of data. It is surely going to change the world for future generations with the same ferocity as it has changed out own. I can remember the world of the 90’s when the web was only a handful of a few million users accessing it with little to no actual content to speak of. It was a desolate wasteland of potential where budding communities were beginning to congregate and build upon the substrate of HTML and CSS. Now we have a flourishing garden of content ready to be harvested for whatever ends we may think of.