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The Machine Is Us/ing Us (2007)
This short video is by Mike Wesch, and it has been seen well over 10 million times since it debuted in 2007. It charts the difference between the early days of the Web, when the new platform was mostly a “read” medium, to the next stage of its development, when a set of technological advances and the cultures they enabled gave rise to the “read-write” Web, what became known as “Web 2.0.”
The Mozilla Foundation’s Web Literacy “white paper” (n.d.)
This document outlines the case for “the Web as the platform,” as opposed to proprietary apps and other “walled gardens” that form silos and “limit user choice.” Mozilla’s Webmaker program advocates for the “web literacy” that empowers us to promote, develop, and thereby defend the open Web as a “shared platform.”
“As We May Think” (1945)
In addition to his career as a distinguished scientist at MIT, Vannevar Bush was FDR’s science advisor, a chief architect of the Manhattan Project, and the founder of the National Science Foundation. This poignant and prescient document, published near the end of WWII, envisions a device called the “Memex” that would allow researchers to capture and share the “associative trails” that formed the basis of their inquiries. The essay influenced all the major figures of the digital age, most notably Doug Engelbart. Its influence continues today. Tim Berners-Lee places this document at the beginning of his “Little History of the World Wide Web.”