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Web 25

Histories from the First 25 Years of the World Wide Web


Edited By Niels Brügger

Web 25: Histories from the First 25 Years of the World Wide Web celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Web. Since the beginning of the 1990s, the Web has played an important role in the development of the Internet as well as in the development of most societies at large, from its early grey and blue webpages introducing the hyperlink for a wider public, to today’s multifacted uses of the Web as an integrated part of our daily lives.

This is the first book to look back at 25 years of Web evolution, and it tells some of the histories about how the Web was born and has developed. It takes the reader on an exciting time travel journey to learn more about the prehistory of the hyperlink, the birth of the Web, the spread of the early Web, and the Web’s introduction to the general public in mainstream media. Furthermore, case studies of blogs, literature, and traditional media going online are presented alongside methodological reflections on how the past Web can be studied, as well as accounts of how one of the most important source types of our time is provided, namely the archived Web.

Web 25: Histories from the First 25 Years of the World Wide Web is a must-read
for anyone interested in how our online present has been shaped by the past.

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Marguerite Barry

Marguerite Barry, PhD, is Assistant Professor at the School of Information and Communication Studies, University College Dublin. Her research focuses on digital media discourses, conceptualisations of ‘interactivity’, technology and wellbeing and ethics in technological design. Her work is published in Interacting with Computers, New Media & Society, Proceedings of CHI, the International Communication Gazette and Participations.

Paolo Bory

Paolo Bory is PhD candidate in Media Studies at USI—Università della Svizzera italiana in Lugano, Switzerland. His research focuses on the analysis of media and social imaginaries and on the histories of digital media and digital networks. One of his last papers on these topics has been recently published on the international journal New Media & Society.

Niels Brügger

Niels Brügger is Professor in Internet Studies and Digital Humanities, Aarhus University, Denmark, Head of the Centre for Internet Studies, and of NetLab. His research interests are web historiography, web archiving and digital humanities. Within these fields he has published monographs and a number of edited books as well as articles and book chapters. Recent books include Web History (ed., Peter Lang, 2010), Histories of Public Service Broadcasters on the web (co-ed. with M. Burns,←253 | 254→ Peter Lang, 2012), The web as history: Using web archives to understand the past and the present (co-ed. with R. Schroeder, UCL Press, 2017), and he is co-founder and Managing Editor of the newly founded international journal Internet Histories:...

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