Thirty years ago, Tim Berners-Lee – then a fellow at the physics research center CERN – put forward his plan for sharing and sending information between different computers. Though the vague concept of the internet had been talked about before, Berners-Lee’s basic framework for the World Wide Web is what really changed the game. By the time 2002 rolled around, 42 percent of UK households had internet access, and being able to readily access endless information from home revolutionized almost every aspect of living.
Seventeen years ago, as the full potential web was still taking hold, David Bowie put forward his prediction for what might happen next in the music industry, aided by the immediacy of the internet. “Music itself is going to become like running water or electricity,” he said. “The absolute transformation of everything that we ever thought about music will take place within 10 years, and nothing is going to be able to stop it. I see absolutely no point in pretending that it’s not going to happen.” And he was spot on.
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