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.
List of Tables
Table 4.1: Number of articles per month for each year from 1991 to 1995 referencing the ‘world wide web’ in international newspapers
Table 4.2: Number and percentage of articles from 1992 to 1994 by geographic location
Table 4.3: A selection of the ‘How to’ articles appearing with increasing frequency in 1994
Table A1: Number of articles returned for each newspaper.
Table B1: Articles cited in the analysis
Table 9.1: The number of IAWM URLs collected for the NYT website between 1996 and 2011 per year. The URLs were retrieved by the IAWM Link Ripper tool ←ix | x→ ←x | xi→
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