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From Anchor Marla Tellez

Happy Birthday, World Wide Web!

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Do you remember when life was internet-less?  For many of you, the answer is a resounding "yes, and it was such a simpler time." For others, it's a "wait, what? The internet hasn't been around FOREVER?!" Nope. And, in fact, today is the world wide web's 25th birthday.

It was in March 1989 that British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee first proposed the www.  Here we are a quarter century later, connected in more ways than probably even Berners-Lee ever imagined.  His single invention set the foundation for the social media revolution that has taken us by storm.  Think about it: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vine, even the forgotten MySpace would not have existed if it wasn't for the web.  What would someone like Mark Zuckerberg be doing today? Maybe he would've been a dentist like his father.  What would YOU be doing?  Certainly NOT reading this blog on the world wide web.  What a vastly different world we would live in if Berners-Lee wouldn't have fathomed such a cyber-space.  It would be like the good ‘ole days when you actually had to go to the library to research something or you had no other choice but to put pen to paper to connect with a friend from long ago.  That's what Facebook's for now, right?

To mark today's birthday, Berners-Lee is calling on more people to take action this year to keep the web free of censorship, global and accessible.  Believe it or not, statistics show almost three in five people worldwide do not have access to the web.   While I believe everyone should have free access, there are days I wish I didn't have any.  Don't get me wrong, Mr. Berners-Lee, I'm grateful for your invention, but every now and again untangling from the web is a healthy, good thing.

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