For you, this image may or may not conjure up intense feelings of nostalgia. For me, this was The Beginning of the Internet. It was a land accessed through a ritual of weird sounds, a tether of harsh but magical noise that made it possible for me to climb through the phone line into a realm of shared imagination. I had conversations with strangers and pretended to be someone different. I flew spaceships and fought dragons and hung around taverns quaffing ale and discussing the finer points of dagger combat with dwarves. My Nintendo became suddenly very lonely.
The original model of the web was that of publishing interlinked pages. We take a look at how this model has worked, how the technology has changed and muse a bit on the future.