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Unformatted text preview: Lecture Notes: Friday, October 15 th The Internet and New Media Today (Continued) The internet was initially not popular because of the negative feelings from many home computer owners. Why did they oppose the internet and internet service providers (ISPs)? 1. Dial up access numbers were mostly limited to large urban areas – if you lived outside of the calling area, you had to make a long-distance call to get a connection and had to face long distance charges. 2. Per minute telephone charges – because the internet was initially connected through the same cables as the telephone, every minute spent online added more to the monthly phone bill. 3. Slow modem speeds – downloads from the internet took a significant amount of time. Computer owners didn’t like waiting so long to view significant computer databases or visual images. (Remember: the longer they had to remain online, the higher the bill) Eventually, however, the internet grew in popularity. Why? 1. Growth of competition in the long-distance telephone business – happened after the breakup of AT&T, competition led to a decrease in the cost of usage for users in suburban areas 2. Faster modems and more powerful computers 3. Color displays – replaced the black-and-white screens, led to greater user interest in graphics and images 4. Introduction of the Macintosh and Microsoft’s Windows – made online services more attractive Rapid Development of Internet and ISPs:- The idea of “Surfing the Net” o Coined by librarian Jean Armour Polly o Referred to the ease of searching for information and the ability to link to...
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- Fall '07
- World Wide Web