History Thursday: Timelines


the story of net art

I was talking about the history of the web (super briefly, in fact I made a joke that my version of the history of the web could serve as a script for a “Drunk History” episode) in a class about a week ago. I referenced Natalie Bookchin’s net.art history/timeline project, “A Story of Net Art”—a classic for net artists or “web design” instructors who want to add a little mischief, curiosity, and art to the classroom dynamic.

With timelines on my mind, I did a basic search for “new media timeline” and came across these two: The Poynter Institute’s New Media Timeline (a journalistic perspective) and Dr. Anthony Curtis’ The Brief History of Social Media.

Neither of these speak to net art, and none speak to web design, necessarily, but all of them offer interesting versions of the history of some aspect of our digital, networked culture.

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