I'm fascinated with the growth of the internet, so I spend a lot of time reading about it. Whether you're looking for some internet-related history, culture or memoirs, below are some really great places to start.
- Design Tenets of My Website
- The internet didn’t kill counterculture—you just won’t find it on Instagram
- Web of Documents
- Rediscovering the Beauty of Text on the Internet
- Turing Complete User
- Making a New Path Through Social Media
- Vernacular Web 2
- The Slow Web
- How Much of the Internet Is Fake? Turns Out, a Lot of It, Actually
- How to be online in radical ways
- Don't Make Art for Likes: Social Media Pros and Cons
- From Context Collapse to Content Collapse
- Context Collapse and Context Restoration
- A timeline of the history of the web
Galleries / Web ArtInformation Mesh
Web Design Museum (1991-2006)
Net Art Anthology
Print - Read nowThe Hacker Crackdown: Law and Disorder on the Electronic Frontier
Bruce Sterling (1992) [HTML]
Covers a history of hacker subculture in the early 1990s
DK Eyewitness Future
Andree Grau and Michael Tambini (2004) [Archive.org]
A children's reference book that attempted to predict the future in 2004.
Check out from your local libraryYou're Never Weird on the Internet
Felicia Day (2016) [Print]
A memoir that details growing up on the early internet.
The Dark Net
Jamie Bartlett (2018) [Print]
A journalist tells about his experiences investigating the dark web.
Glitch Feminism: A Manifesto Legacy Russel (2020) [Print]
This book explores the relationship between gender, technology and identity.