Anyone who considers their self an expert in a field can sometimes be amazed and dismayed by the ideas that lay people keep in their head regarding said field. As someone who has been around computers almost their whole life I often been driven to the point of derangement trying to communicate with people with little understanding of the way that some of the technology works and operates. And it is just as so with the internet. Thankfully, John Naughton at the Guardian has written a very nice primer on understanding what the internet (not just the world wide web, http side of things) has given us and where it might be taking us.
This should be required reading for grade school kids and others who need to realize that the internet is “a global machine for springing surprises.”