Ever wonder how people were communicating when they don’t have Internet like how we do now? or they didn’t even have the chance to?
In the old days, how people wanted to send a message was way too troublesome and complicated. You typed and wrote the message you want to send, and go to the telegraph office to do the transmission process. What was more, it had to to be costly charged. The telegraph charged per character of the message and transcript to send to worldwide and Moscow, into a file which they kept as a back up and proof as receipt , and then send back to the office to make the final transmission. It was known as dramatic shift of the telegraph process in order to send out a message, which now we do not ever need it again awhile sending a message yet at a high speed level of connection.
On December 1969, ARPARENT, the infant network which allowed us a different experience with high speed technology; it is not a long distance computing, but a personal and new messages which can be used to collaborate on presentation, projects, trade notes for work. Thanks to ARPARENT, people was able to have their own personal accounts on the computers. Not only it was used for personal communication, but it also led to the enthusiasm of long distance computation.
As the 80’s advanced, it was easy to link computers to the growing networks by using the Internet Protocol. It was so difficult to stop from the Internet, linking up from one to somewhere other and indeed no ones would want to stop this complex of network that cost little, but valuable, which was known as the ‘Internet’. However, ARPARENT was officially replaced in 1989 by the Internet which provides standards of globalisation. Internet was a great and powerful network which attracts not only the scientists to do further research but also the people and the users. One of the reasons is freedom; there is no restriction and limitation on the Internet where you can connect, search, build, create global communication, online services and so forth. What is more important, no censors, no directors and no stakeholders.
Some might think that Internet and cyberspace are the same, well, I thought that. Both of them are on the Internet, but in fact, there are differences. Internet is the medium which your email and your post get published on the site. It is more like a direction which you search what you want on Google, ordering books on Amazon or sending a message at no cost perhaps whereas gives a new exciting experience. In fact, Cyberspace is more like a second life for the kids now or young generation. Cyberspace is something more like a pull-strategy based which pulled mankinds into experiencing the real life that you would never have or not able to, such as instant message and online games(MMOG). It is more like a second life which you can control as if in real life. The real life in MMOG is like a television screen which enables you to control the characters of the screen as real time. As we live in real life, such as taking a pen of your friends’ without asking them is considered as stealing and there goes your name, thief. Why not calling it ‘take’ instead? It is because we all live with the norms and other sort of laws. Cyberspace allows mankind to have power and authority to control the real life on the screen. In real life time, some things we can change, in cyberspace we can and control over it at where and when it happens.
From a message transmission on the Internet to cyberspace which we can control and it allows us to have richer experience makes me think of how powerful can a software or device be, but indeed humans are more powerful than we could expect.
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