Has the Internet Recently had a Change of Identity?

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  1. James7

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    We've probably already heard the story of how Californian Hippies created the Internet back in the 70's and how the Net then subsequently became a focus for people power in general.

    But has the Internet recently undergone a change in identity?

    I've noticed this in the UK and also in US TV news media lately, that every time a TV journalist speaks about anything even remotely related to "internet culture", they immediately take on the exact same "affected air" which isn't compatible with the original story we've been told about how the internet was created.

    Yes, according to TV journalists the Internet's new image is as follows: the average internet user is now portrayed as a young, upwardly mobile, male and female couple with "New Right" political tendencies. And TV journalists don't have a problem playing this particular tune every time the Internet or indeed popular democracy in general is spoken of.

    I've added the following image showing you what the average Internet user now looks like according to TV news journalists:

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    Has anyone else noticed this?
     
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    I think the 'youth' factor is singled out because younger folks are easier adapters to technology, generally. By the time I've caught on to something, the younger folks have already moved on from it.
     
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    I wonder if this new identity will be reflected in publications like Wired magazine which has described itself as the Rolling Stone (magazine) of technology?
     
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    "We've probably already heard the story of how Californian Hippies created the Internet back in the 70's"

    ^ Literally the first time I heard this.
     
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    I didn't know DARPA hired California hippies.
     
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    Have a look at this reprint of an article from Time magazine, 1995: We Owe It All To The Hippies
     
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    Apparently they can do. Attempting to bring about a global revolution based upon people power and democracy doesn't completely go against "the American way".
     
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    That's about computers in general, I'd always heard the internet was developed by/for? the military.
    The computer networking revolution began in the early 1960s and has led us to today s technology. The Internet was first invented for military purposes, and then expanded to the purpose of communication among scientists. The invention also came about in part by the increasing need for computers in the 1960s.

    The Internet, a very complex and revolutionary invention of ...
     
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    Here's a quote from the article "We Owe It All To The Hippies" regarding the Internet:

     
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    Please don't get me wrong FatBack, I'm not sure of the legend of hippies creating the Net anyway. To me it comes across as a marketing ploy and was probably used to promote the use of PC's and the Internet for the average person.

    I can also see that the Internet was created by the US military, as was the Tor Browser and the Dark Web as well for that matter. People will post messages on internet message boards stating that the Dark Web is some sort of government trap.
     
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    This is what the Wikipedia page on the Tor Browser says:

    The Tor Project website has a new look but the old website revealed that the Tor Browser was created for use by government employees to secure their communications and by overseas dissidents living under oppressive regimes. However even this description raises questions.

    Oversea dissidents living under oppressive regimes cannot use the Tor Browser anyway. The www.torproject.org website will be blocked in undemocratic countries and further the use of encryption is also restricted in these countries. And why should a supposedly ultra secure network designed for use by government agents be made freely available to the general public?

    Many VPN providers, which also make use of proxy servers and encryption, have been caught keeping logs on their users traffic despite of promising that they would not; so what is stop the administrators of the Tor Browser from doing the same?
     

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