Excerpt from Digerati: Encounters with the Cyber Elite (1996):
Today, on the Internet the main event is the Web. A lot of people think that the Web is the Internet, and they’re missing something. The Internet is a brand-new fertile ground where things can grow, and the Web is the first thing that grew there. But the stuff growing there is in a very primitive form. The Web is the old media incorporated into the new medium. It both adds something to the Internet and takes something away.
(W. Daniel Hillis)
And here it is 2010, and this still feels true to me in a lot of ways.
We have started to figure out that where the action is on the Web is with *interaction* – but still a lot of what happens with that interaction is “old media incorporated into the new medium.” Lookit what now represents the cutting edge — the golden triangle of realtime/mobile/social. It’s mostly about spreading news around, isn’t it?