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A screenshot of the Prodigy server circa 1991. Prodigy was an online service that offered subscribers access to a range of services including weather, news, shopping, bulletin boards, games, columns, stocks, etc.
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The web—or, as we used to call it, the World Wide Web—is 25 years old this month. Those of us who were there at the beginning understood that this was a big deal. Even so, the revolution it launched could not have been imagined. As Virginia Heffernan put it in her recent book Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art, “The Internet is the great masterpiece of human civilization.” And the web provides the road map that makes the internet navigable.
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