When the web first came to the attention of the world’s non-geeks back in the mid-1990s, the vastness and variety of its treasures were a wonder to behold. However, it didn’t take long before a few courageous and intrepid souls dug a little deeper into this phenomenon and discovered something truly phenomenal: They could make web pages, too!
Why was that so amazing? Well, think back to those old days and think, in particular, of what it meant to create what we now call content. Think about television shows, radio programs, magazines, newspapers, books, and the other media of the time. The one thing they all had in common was that their creation was a decidedly uncommon thing. It required a team of professionals, a massive distribution system, and a lot of money. In short, it wasn’t something that your average Okie from Muskogee would have any hope of duplicating.
The web appeared to change all of that because learning HTML was within the grasp of anybody who could feed himself, it had a built-in massive distribution system (the Internet, natch), and it required little or no money. For the first time in history, content was democratized and was no longer defined as the sole province of governments and megacorporations.