As the Internet rounds out its second decade, the world has finally come to terms with the fact that it is not very likely to be going anywhere at any time soon. While the days of websites which would be here today and gone tomorrow are not over by any stretch of the imagination (and we might very well never leave those days behind), the days when the net was for nothing more than entertainment have been gone for long enough that its legitimacy is set in stone. After all, the people who first designed the Internet had some very noble (and incredibly ambitious) dreams which we are finally coming to realize, after several decades of its actual existence.
The world has changed in some ways, since the Internet came about. Of course, human nature is probably never going to change all that much, but the way that human beings carry themselves is naturally going to change a great deal, almost from year to year. If you have ever seen how some fashions change from year to year, this should be obvious to you. With the Internet, something which is all the rage in one year may be as out of date as bell bottoms are by the next year, and everybody is going to know about it.
In a world in which such information can be so easily transferred from any part of the world to any other part, by any average person, it is very easy to see that the Internet has finally come of age. No matter how much we may want to continue believing that the net is only for entertaining ourselves with to this day, one would literaly have to be a fool not to see the giant writing on the wall. It is here, it is legitimate, and anybody who is not online had better get on there soon.