The internet has gone through many stages according to Curran et.al. (2012) I have decided to look at the four main stages which we can relate to today;
1970’s; The internet was used by scientists to share resources and communicate through email.
1980; Discussion groups formed virtual communities through the internet.
Late 1980’s; The internet became accessible for commercial use by the public as a research tool.
Mid 1990’s; The internet became a commercialised cyberspace for companies to directly sell to the public.
People share resources and communicate through limitless internet based applications and websites today to share resources, scientists shared important data while we share resources such as Youtube links.
I think it would be appropriate to look at social network sites as the virtual communities of today rather then being discussion groups.
The useful tool of the past is the entertainment of today, so the internet that was used to research useful information by the public is now used to search literally anything.
The part of the internet which has not changed much, in my opinion, would be the commercialisation of the internet, nowadays we tend to shop for everything online, so If anything has changed it would be that the internet is being commercialised even more by selling services (such as Netflix and iTunes and many more) rather than actual physical tangible goods (like a DVD or a Vinyl record).