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Is the Web Dead?

This week Wired Magazine published an article announcing the death of the World Wide Web. Various media outlets soon picked up the piece, and quickly, debate over the future of the web began. The article, The Web is Dead. Long Live the Internet takes a looks at how people are using the Internet today, how these uses are different from what they were in the past, and how users as well as media moguls are changing the digital environment.

To understand the issues addressed in the Wired article, having a better understanding of the differences between the World Wide Web and the Internet is important. According to the W3C or the World Wide Web Consortium, the international standards organizations for World Wide Web, the web has a body of software, and a set of protocols and conventions. Using a browser such as Firefox, Internet Explorer or Chrome one can browse and search the web using data collected from the HyperText Markup Language (HTML) which is used to create the structured web page found on the web. The Internet on the other hand is much larger than the web, consisting of a global system of interconnected computer networks. The Internet is a data communications system.

In the Wired article authors Chris Anderson and Michael Wolff present two sides to the changing demands for digital information. According to the article one of the contributing factors to the downfall of web usage has been the rise of mobile devices and the demand for mobile applications. Mobile applications are designed to perform a specific task using information from the Internet. For instance you may use the Google Maps application on your phone rather than going through the mobile web browser to Google Maps. The application more quickly and conveniently addresses your needs.

The authors address the future of digital behavior and how the death of the web may mark the birth of a new era in digital commerce.

We Usage Chart

This chart shows the Portion of total US Internet traffic from 1990 through 2010.

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