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I was reading an article in the paper last night through gritted teeth that once again credited Tim Berners-Lee which pretty much inventing the whole internet, almost as though a deity brought it together in a instant of creation for the good of all mankind.
When I did my degree 20+ years ago, there were no web-browsers but the internet was there. We generally used FTP to access remote resources. SGML also existed, and so did Gopher. So really I see the web as nothing more than a slight evolution bringing together these things into an admittedly very accessible format.
Apple didn't invent the smartphone, it was the people who invented low power processors and brilliant batteries. Tim Berners-Lee didn't invent the internet we have today, I attribute it more to the *really* clever engineers who did the seemingly impossible by inventing ADSL and by connecting everyone to it.
And the 'this is for everyone' quote has two clear different meanings. The first conjures up Tim with his hands wide open atop a mountain declaring his gift to the world. The other as an answer to the question who might use it, perhaps in the CERN canteen. "This if for everyone [to use], including the filthy public."
I'm curious, Rob, if you have any direct personal experience that has led you to conclude Berners-Lee had/has some kind of elitist attitude, or that he ever has attempted to take sole credit for the invention of the internet as it is now.
Do you have any evidence that when Berners-Lee "took his small step for man" he grasped the potential of the internet as it has evolved into today: a "giant step for mankind" ?
And, what suggests to you that CERN has some kind of "let them eat cake" culture ?
I'm genuinely curious, and I have not done any in-depth reading about the origins of the web.
« I had therefore to remove knowledge, in order to make room for belief » Immanuel Kant
I'm curious, Rob, if you have any direct personal experience that has led you to
conclude Berners-Lee had/has some kind of elitist attitude
Absolutely not. I've not met him, but from what little I know I understand he is a very modest man, and in no way a self-publicising egotist. And I don't seek to discredit his work.
My issue arises from the popular perception that he is somehow the father of the internet. People tend to listen when he offers an opinion on where the web is heading and quite right too, but get it in perspective. Hyperlinking globally distributed documents is a very powerful paradigm, but that's all it is. Why he should know any better than anyone else where it will all end up is beyond me.
The internet (of which WWW is just a part) as it stands today comes from the efforts of many, many people and I just dislike the way all the credit goes to one link in the chain.
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