Who would think that the history of the Internet could actually be interesting? Well, it is, and the Science Channel is running a series called Download: The True Story of the Internet this week. Told by John Heileman, this series of hour long shows about the real people and events that have made the Internet possible, is fascinating.
Here are the basic episode summaries:
- Browser Wars:Â This episode is about the early days of the Internet, the rise and fall of Netscape, Microsoft’s entrance into the Browser Wars and the antics it used to acquire dominance.
- Search focuses on the evolution of the search engines as we know them today – Google, Excite and Yahoo – and the players in their amazing growth.
- Bubble (summary from the Science Channel): In an astonishing journalistic coup, the founders of the Amazon and Ebay, Jeff Bezos and Pierre Omidyar, tell the story of how their business grew from nothing to dominate the global economy and profoundly change the way we live our lives.
- People Power (summary from the Science Channel): This is the story of how the internet has changed society and how a new breed of entrepreneurs are shaping our digital futures. It all started with Napster; a way of swapping music that was dreamt up by the teenaged Shawn Fanning.
This show is starting in India on Discovery Channel from 8 September,2008 at 21:00 PM.