The reading for August 27 was a brief history of the internet. The introduction starts off by differenciating the terms internet and world wide web. It then goes into the uses for the internet and how it allows individuals to communicate with people around the world or right next door if they would like.
The body of the reading begins with the history of the internet. The need for the internet was first realized at the end of WWII and the on set of the Cold War. The united States needed a system of communication that would survive a nuclear attack. This system had to be able to operate independent of it's other parts. So they developed a system that could send messages, not just through one particular route, but others depending on witch route had the least resistence.