Earlier this week, I went to kiss the husband good night. I noticed that he had a page from Archives.gov up on his laptop.
"What are you reading?"
"The Warren Commission Report."
"Why?" (For what he does for a living, this could have been a legit work thing.)
I laughed because no further explanation was necessary. Heck, half of what makes it in to the links below is because of "the internet."
"The internet" happens because everything is hyperlinked. We jump from one page, to the next, to the next, ad nauseum. We enter vortices of reading and research because of deep linking.
I wrote a paper in college about how hyperlinks are the new footnote. They give us more information and context about a particular thing. We don't simply read a page and be done with it. We open additional tabs, do some quick Google searches, and jump between pages in fits of learning. Thousands of browser windows have crashed under the weight too many tabs open because someone wanted to fulfill a learning need.
The internet is problematic and toxic for many reasons, but it's also one of the greatest inventions of human history. Information about anything is now available to be researched, read, shared, and discussed. Linking is the main form of connection showing us how everything we know and experience is interwoven.
What have you ended up reading because of "the internet"?