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What is the Internet, really?

I love this video!

It explains the physical aspects of the Internet. Sometimes we forget that the Internet even has physical traits. To most of us, the Internet is almost like magic. We take it for granted but it still takes regular, everyday people to make sure the Internet functions. The Internet isn’t magic – it’s science.

The other part of the video I found interesting was how he described the people of today. He said that we’re always distracted. We spend a good chunk of the day staring at a large glowing screen, physically interact with the outside world for another part of the day and then check our small glowing screens before going to bed. Even while we’re physically interacting with people, part of us is always thinking about what’s going on online.

Don’t get me wrong…I love the Internet. If it wasn’t for the Internet, I wouldn’t have the job I do. However, there is something sad about losing pieces of the real world to cables that crisscross the ocean.

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2012 in Science news

 

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