The internet has evolved quite quickly:
1. dialup (10 years ago) – the good old days of tying up a phoneline for hours on end. Basically text and images, an attempt to reproduce the written page.
2. basic broadband (3 years ago) – depending on where you live, access to 1 Mbps broadband has now become the norm. Great for audio, and is usable for basic video.
3. faster broadband (less than 12 months): still struggling to make inroads. Trying to push the streaming DVD model.
along the way, we have seen greater sophistication in page layouts, an adoption of ad-supported media, and greater interaction. The net has become a de-facto aid for the human mind.