In 1991, the year when U2 (my favourite band) released the album Achtung Baby, the World Wide Web went live!
It was on 6 August 1991and there was no fanfare in the global press and in fact, most people around the world didn’t even know what the Internet was, as the people from The Next Web wrote.
30 years later everything did change.
I can’t speak for everybody and everything, of course, but I can speak for myself. Or at least try to put my love for the Web on screen, seeing through each word I type as a linked universe. A webby dynamics of code and culture, part of a global information plumbing system or a giant global graph, or better, a thing that had to happen!
A thing conceived of and fought for by Tim Berners-Lee whose thoughts and deeds are always inspiring, always implicitly aiming to nudge us into “building paths of understanding across a web of humanity”.
For me, personally, the Web is a textual pond of a peculiar type in which I see my words making ripples across systems and minds.
The Web, a well of code and data architecture assemblages, is moving with each word thrown in it. The movements are creating algorithmic bursts of semantic networks to augment the ones emerging in our minds and hearts when we navigate this extraordinary (Borges’s Aleph-like) cyberspace.
In each and every digitized and networked word on the Web, there are doors waiting ajar open for us, the Web weavers, to find and explore. And it is through the World Wide Web that we care to communicate and build shared understandings across worlds, thoughts and protocols.
For the love of the Web.
Featured image: The WorldWideWeb browser.