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While the Internet - then Arpanet - was a technological success, it had become overwhelmed by social use. The government decided to give it away. AT&T turned down the offer to take it over. In what ultimately may have been a kind of wisdom,

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while the internet then arpanet was a technological success it had become overwhelmed by social use

While the Internet- then Arpanet- was a technological success, it had become overwhelmed by social use.

The government decided to give it away.

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AT&T turned down the offer to take it over. In what ultimately may have been a kind of wisdom,

  • they couldn’t see a business application for what appeared to be an academic social scene.
  • The government ended up setting the net free, to a large extent, with the proviso that it only be used for research purposes.
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No one thought the net would end up going anywhere–

  • not least of which because people conversing with one another over social networks seemed to be a financial dead end.
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The net was compared to Citizens Band radio—

  • A two-year fad that faded even before a movie about the truck driver’s lingo and culture could be shot and released.
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My own first internet book was actually cancelled by the publisher in 1992 because they thought the net would be “over” by 1993, when the book would finally hit the shelves.