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Web Story, The (3 Parts)

Alternative title
Webstory.com, The
Synopsis
Series exploring the birth, development and future of the World Wide Web, asking what it holds for its users.
1: In 1999 Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web, which has opened up a vast array of opportunities for commerce, particularly for the big software companies who are now fighting for domination in the Web software markert. The programme investigates the commercial takeover of the Web and asks whether Berners-Lee can keep Web technology free from the control of a single ocmpany.
2: Looks at Silicon Valley, the heart of the Internet industry, housed in the suburbs between San Francisco and San Jose, California, and the big success stories found there. Thousands of people world-wide are turning to the Web in the belief that they too can make fast money. Explores how the Web has changed the life of Wendi Hebb from Sheffield, who gave up her career as a jewellery maker to start her own website made-in-sheffield.com. Asks how easy it is to succeed in the electronic marketplace of tomorrow.
3: Tells the story of the British and American pioneers of the information age have in the last 30 years changed the world through the invention of the Internet, electronic mail and the World Wide Web. E-mail and Web publsihing have made people aware that the Internet is a powerful way to share information, but not everyone is happy with thi culture of free speech - least of all the politicians. This programme reveals why, for better or for worse, the information network is here to stay.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 3 x 29 min.
Year of production
1998
Availability
Sale; 2001 sale: £145.00 (+VAT +p&p) each
Notes
Broadcast on BBC2 from 19/10/98 as THE WEBSTORY.COM.
Subjects
Information technology
Keywords
electronic mail; Internet; telecommunications; World Wide Web

Sections

Title
Today
Synopsis
1: In 1999 Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web, which has opened up a vast array of opportunities for commerce, particularly for the big software companies who are now fighting for domination in the Web software markert. The programme investigates

Title
Tomorrow
Synopsis
2: Looks at Silicon Valley, the heart of the Internet industry, housed in the suburbs between San Francisco and San Jose, California, and the big success stories found there. Thousands of people world-wide are turning to the Web in the belief that they to

Title
Yesterday
Synopsis
3: Tells the story of the British and American pioneers of the information age have in the last 30 years changed the world through the invention of the Internet, electronic mail and the World Wide Web. E-mail and Web publsihing have made people aware that

Production Company

Name

BBC Open University Productions

Distributor

Name

Open University Worldwide

Web
http://www.ouw.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
Notes
NB. As of May 2016 Open University Worldwide are no longer distributing DVDs. They have posted this message on their website: ‘Unfortunately Open University Worldwide Limited has decided that product sales are no longer viable given the reduced funding to Higher Education institutions and diminishing demand for the products we have traditionally stocked. At present the Open University Students Association (OUSA) will continue to sell the "Good Study Guide", and we are in discussion with other possible distributors to continue to make The Open University’s products available for purchase. As soon as we have any information on other channels of distribution we will update this notice’. Some products are still available via second hand dealers on Amazon.co.uk

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