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by Chris S

Is the web dying?

Throughout the day of a normal person, they are constantly on the internet. Whether if it’s Skype, Xbox Live, listening to podcasts, or reading RSS feeds, few go for a full day without using the internet. However, none of those services require opening a web browser such as Google Chrome. In the early 90’s, when the internet was still a new service, little of it was used outside of a browser. Now things are moving from the desktop programs into apps as well, with the assistance of online code like Java and HTML5. On Wired.com Chris Anderson and Michael Wolff suggest that Web pages tomorrow will be like the postcards and telegrams of today.

When I read this article it made me realize how many non-web browser programs I use daily, like my email client, Skype, and many others. These programs all would not function if my computer wasn’t connected to the internet, yet don’t feel like using a web browser.  With these web apps becoming more and more common, people will need a web browser less and less.

However, I personally don’t see the web browser becoming archaic anytime soon. The web browser is the television of today; when people have nothing to do they ‘flip channels’ on sites like Reddit and Tumblr. Someday it may change, but I believe that web browsers will be around for quite a while longer.  All the same, this article put a new perspective on how fast times are changing now, and makes me wonder what will happen tomorrow.

 

Anderson, C., & Wolff, M. (2010, August 17). The web is dead. Long live the internet.Wired.com . Retrieved October 2, 2011, from http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/08/ff_webrip/