Hello World

October 29, 1969, record of first host-to-host connection
Machine crashed while LOGIN was being typed.
So the first computer network message was just "LO." 
Nearly two decades after the first computer-based communication, The Internet opened its nodes to the world and launched the Information Age. 

For those involved from the beginning, the Internet stirred a hope for the future of humankind that was nothing short of a religious experience. 

The following passage from Harley Hahn's 1994 guide book, The Internet Complete Reference, well summarizes the delight and enthusiasm that drove the Net's global adoption.


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The Internet is much more than a computer network or an information service. The Internet is living proof that human beings who are able to communicate freely and conveniently will choose to be social and selfless.

The computers are important because they do the grunt work of moving all the data from place to place, and executing the programs that let us access the information. The information itself is important because it offers utility, recreation, and amusement.

But, overall, what is most important is the people. The Internet is the first global forum and the first global library. Anyone can participate, at any time: the Internet never closes. Moreover, no matter who you are, you are always welcome. You will never be excluded for wearing the wrong clothes, having the wrong colored skin, being the wrong religion, or not having enough money.

A cynic might say that the reason the Internet works so well is that there are no leaders. Actually, there is some truth to this. As unbelievable as it sounds, nobody actually "runs" the Internet. Nobody is "in charge" and no single organization pays the cost.

The Internet has no laws, no police, and no army. There are no real ways to hurt another person, but there are many ways to be kind. Perhaps, under the circumstances, it is only natural for people to learn how to get along. (Although this does not stop people from arguing.)

What we choose to believe is that, for the first time in history, unlimited numbers of people are able to communicate with ease, and we are finding it is in our nature to be communicative, helpful, curious, and considerate.




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Now, nearly two decades into the 21st Century, the Internet is at the root of global, even deadly, social discord. This episode entitled, The Failed Promise of the Internet, in WNYC's On the Media podcast series is a good introduction to the question that pains every Internet Evangelist, "How did we get here?" 



There are as many reasons for our current predicament as there are unintended consequences for the appetites of human nature. This site, Netted.World, is an ongoing collection of those insights and the solutions being posed to resolve the dilemma.