Agenda Item: "The Internet seems to have been around longer than one might think: it is usually traced back to 1969, when the first nodes of ARPANET were made operable," (Aarseth 97).
The only way that I had any idea the Internet had been around so long was because in my class Internet Communication last semester we had to do an internet timeline. ARPANET was developed by DARPA of the United States Department of Defense, was the world's first operational packet switching network, and the predecessor of the global Internet. I used to think the Internet really came about when I started using it in the early 90s. Funny how we identify our own use of technology with its popularization.