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The Internet as a Platform: Identifying the Roots of...

How the hell did we get here? For millennia, humankind has communicated through various channels. As languages developed, so did the technologies through which information was delivered. At first, word of mouth and drawings on walls were the main way in which people were able to pass knowledge to one another. For a majority time, it was mostly tablets, papyrus, and paper. The 19th century brought us telegraphs and telephones; followed by radio, television, and the internet throughout the 1900s. An important aspect of each medium is its ability to evolve to become more efficient over time. Each iteration builds toward the next major revolution. Verbal language led to written, written to movable type, movable type to telecommunications. Language can be considered the basic representation of our experience from which the others are built. Traditional analog formats, such a print, directly represent the information contained within language, and can be physically moved from place to plac…