Sunday, July 29, 2018

CNN 2000s: The Internet grows from Web 1.0 to 2.0

CNN continued the series “The 2000’s” Sunday night, with a short history of the Internet.

This piece on CNN, about how everything changed in 2006 as Facebook moved toward public use, with a picture of a 19-year-old Mark Zuckerberg, who had launched it from his dorm room on Feb. 4, 2004. 

As 2000 starts, the dot-com bubble is full boil, but it will crash. I can remember working with consultants at ING-ReliaStar in Minneapolis who thought their employers were heaven.

The crash started well before 9/11, but larger companies would aggregate and dominate the Internet ten years later.

Google thrived as a search engine in the beginning because it seemed to give better results.

The documentary explores the evolution of Web 2.0, based on user-generated content rather than people speaking directly on their own sites.  It traces Friendster and Myspace as predecessors of Facebook.  Myspace became a favorite target of Dr. Phil.

Web 2.0 is coming under pressure because of erosion of Section 230, as with the recent Backpage "FOSTA" law (not covered in the documentary).

There is discussion of whether new technology (radio, television, now the Internet, smartphones and social media) harm kids.  We seem to get through the predictions.  But pediatricians insist small children should not watch screens.

The Internet also fed into the sharing economy: using your own car to work for Uber or Lyft, or to rent out to Airbnb -- because you can't make enough in wages no, unless you have connections or are very gifted. 
The film also presents Steve Jobs’s introduction of the iPhone, which would be followed by his illness (an unusual form of pancreatic cancer) escalated, leading to a liver transplant.  Still he carried on, after returning, almost until his passing in October 2011.

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