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Web Dragons by Teresa Numerico, Marco Gori, Ian H. Witten

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CHAPTER 2 LITERATURE AND THE WEB 

The subject of this book, the web, is a young teenager. It’s hard to believe it was in utero in 1990, emerged from the cradle with the introduction of the Netscape browser five years later, and only became widely known to the outside world around the turn of the millennium. Teenager, a juvenile between the onset of puberty and maturity, is an apt metaphor: agile, bumptious, cool, disrespectful, energetic, fun, gangly, hilarious, inane, jaunty, keen, loyal, noisy, obstreperous, promiscuous, quirky—the web is all these and more.

Today, this teenager has all but usurped our literature. The web is where people go to find things out. And while it is often denigrated as a damaged and unreliable source of questionable ...

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