While there are some major players whose role in the formation of the World Wide Web was far greater than others, the truth is the internet wouldn’t be what it is today had it not been for the sheer number of people who believe in the idea. People tend to look at the magnitude and scale of the Net is today and then they immediately extrapolate the numbers to estimate what the net worth of the likes of Tim Bernes Lee would be had this peripheral figure in the shaping of the internet not decided to open it up.
You see if the internet was a proprietary technology such as the likes of Microsoft’s Windows Operating System, it wouldn’t have developed to the colossal scale at which it exists today. Open technology platforms like the many open source development languages derive their value out of the fact that they’re opened up. The greatest minds can contribute ideas to the development of those platforms while some of the many other positive developments happen by pure chance.
That is where the value of the internet comes into play and if as an individual you want to contribute to maintaining that value which appears to be lost in some ways, all you really have to do is think back to the original idea of what the internet was meant to be. The original idea of what the internet was meant to be is nothing but one mighty storage facility of information which can be accessed at the click of a mouse button.
I specifically refer to it as “at the click of a mouse button” knowing all too well that the majority of the world uses mobile devices to connect, but let’s face it here – you still and probably always will get the most value out of any user interface if you’re accessing it via the use of your full-sized PC or laptop. This also speaks to how information and other media are consumed. Mobile devices such as your smartphone or tablet PC are designed for pure consumers by their nature, so that’s the first clue as to how one can go about getting full value out of their use of the internet.
You might very well be learning how to code by reading some study material on your smartphone, but even if you’re perhaps studying how to develop mobile phone apps, you there’s no development platform you can use on the mobile phone itself to perhaps practice writing algorithms and compile and run that code, is there?
There’s also the issue of storage, which of course is being incrementally monetized by the manufacturers of devices such as mobile phones. The next model of the same smartphone brand is pretty much just an upgrade on the processing speed perhaps as well as the storage space available.
If you want to bring value back to the internet, every time you connect, think like a college student who wants to acquire some specific knowledge for an assignment they’ll have to build a practical solution for. Everything else is nothing but a waste of your time and energy, unless of course you’re specifically looking for entertainment or if you’re looking to buy something you need or want.