The Internet, or Net, is a vast network of computers that connect many of the world's businesses, institutions, and individuals. The computers that form the Internet range from a various number of huge mainframes in research used to span Internet access to PCs all over the world. Despite the recent publicity, the Internet is not a new thing. Its' roots lie in a collection of computers that were linked together in the 1970s to form the US Department of Defense's communications systems. Fearing the consequences of nuclear attack, there was no central computer holding vast amounts of data, but instead the information was dispersed across thousands of machines. A protocol known as TCP/IP was developed to allow different devices to work together. The original network has been upgraded and expanded greatly since its' first appearance and is still used today. The Internet has gone on now to fulfill a great deal, more than it's intended purpose, and has definitely brought more good than bad. (Encarta)
Millions of people worldwide are using the Internet to share information, make new associations and communicate. Individuals and businesses, from students and journalists, to consultants, programmers and corporate giants are all using the power of the Net. For many businesses the Internet is becoming an important part to their operations. Imagine the ability to send and receive data, messages, notes, letters, documents, pictures, video, sound, or any other form of communication, as effortlessly as making a phone call. It is easy to understand why the Internet is rapidly becoming the mostly used form of communication. Using the mouse on your computer, the familiar point-and-click method gives you access to electronic mail, or e-mail, for sending and receiving data, and file transfer for copying files from one computer to another. (McWhorter)
With the explosion of the World Wide Web, anyone could publish his or her ideas to the world. Before, in order to be heard one would have to go through publishers who were willing to invest in his/her ideas to get something put into print or action. This gives the average person the biggest chance and the least amount of hassle. With the use of the Internet, anyone who has something to say can be heard by the world. By letting everyone speak their mind, this opens up all new ways of thinking to anyone who is willing to listen. (Encarta)
The Internet offers a new way of doing business. A virtual market place where customers can, at the push of a button, select goods, place an order and pay using a secure electronic transaction. Businesses are discovering the Net as the most powerful and cost effective tool in history. The Net provides a faster, more efficient way for colleagues, customers, vendors and business partners to work. Businesses making the transition over to "e-business" are increasing. However, those that do not will most certainly suffer the consequences. Unlike print or broadcasting media, the Internet...