The Computer HIstory Museum

Amazing trip through time and evolving "Thinking Tools" visiting The Computer History Museum, courtesy of Rocktboom: daily internet culture Blog and YouTube Channel.

Ellie Roundtree from Rocketboom visits the Computer History Museum.

What a wonderful museum... See the Exhibit:

Internet History to learn more about the transformation and timeline of what we now know as "the internet", which became part of the infrastructure we can't go without. So much so, that we now take the internet and access to web content, to be a human right. Author Nicholas Carr explored a historical analogy with electrical utilities replacing in-house generators in his book: The Big Switch. Rewiring the world, from Edison to Google. (We read excerpts of it in class with adult English students and they loved the stories it brings forth).

Pity that Carr prefers to support Encyclopaedia Britannica, by hitting on Wikipedia and cricizing the quality of volunteer Web 2.0 information, and the blogosphere... Reading the Wikipedia page on Nicholas Carr, it informs that Carr became a member of the Editorial Board of Advisors of Encycloaedia Britannica in 2008. In any case, his critique was dealt with constructively by Wikipedia's leaders, and has therefore contributed to some quality improvements. Proof that: debating different perspectives in civilized ways can pave the way to new findings and improvements.

Wikipedia also leads us to another interesting debate, that of Nicholas Carr and author Yochai Benkler: well... more like a bet really. So far blogging has proved not to be "a fad", quoting The Guardian: "So the wager is half-on. Bookmark Carr's site for 2011. If, of course, blogging proves not just to be a fad." 2011 is not too far away. What do you think about this: will peer production processes or will price-incentivized systems... lead the majority of the contents on the web? in any case... "does it matter"?

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