“Cheshire Puss,’ she began, rather timidly, as she did not at all know whether it would like the name: however, it only grinned a little wider. ‘Come, it’s pleased so far,’ thought Alice, and she went on. ‘Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’

‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.

‘I don't much care where—’ said Alice.

‘Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat.

‘—so long as I get SOMEWHERE,’ Alice added as an explanation.

‘Oh, you’re sure to do that,’ said the Cat, ‘if you only walk long enough.”

‘Alice‘s Adventures In Wonderland’ Lewis Carroll, illustrations by John Tenniel 1865 (Typographic note: punctuation and typesetting are identical to the first edition)
Alice continues to fall down the Rabbit Hole Alice first begins to fall Alice reaches into the Rabbit Hole
‘Alice in Wonderland’ Storyboard Illustrations by David Hall, Disney Studios, 1939
‘David Hall and Alice in Wonderland’ & ‘David Hall Story Art Stills’

So, What Are The Internet And The Web?

A Dali painting called down the rabbit hole
“Down The Rabbit Hole" Salvador Dali, 1969

The Internet

“The Internet is a global system of interconnected computer networks that use the standard Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) to link several billion devices worldwide. It is a network of networks that consists of millions of private, public, academic, business, and government networks, of local to global scope, that are linked by a broad array of electronic, wireless, and optical networking technologies.”

–‘Internet’ on Wikipedia

“The internet is the world’s most popular computer network. It began as an academic research project in 1969, and became a global commercial network in the 1990s. Today it is used by more than 2 billion people around the world.”

–‘Everything you need to know about the internet’

A cartoon of things people did before the Internet.
– ‘Before the Internet’ from XKCD

“One second doesn’t seem like much time, but a lot can happen.

– ‘One Second on the Internet’

Alice in a space suit falling down the rabbit hole
“Down The Rabbit Hole” Steven Donegani, Twenty–Twelve

The Web

“The World Wide Web (abbreviated as WWW or W3, commonly known as the Web) is a system of interlinked hypertext documents that are accessed via the Internet. With a web browser, one can view webpages that may contain text, images, videos, and other multimedia and navigate between them via hyperlinks.

Tim Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist and former CERN employee, is considered the inventor of the Web. On March 12, 1989, he wrote a proposal for what would eventually become the World Wide Web.

– ‘The Web’ on Wikipedia

“The Internet is a massive network of networks, a networking infrastructure. It connects millions of computers together globally…

The World Wide Web, or simply Web, is a way of accessing information over the medium of the Internet. It is an information-sharing model that is built on top of the Internet.

– ‘The Difference Between the Internet and World Wide Web’

An animated gif of Allice falling down the rabbit hole
From ‘Alice In Wonderland (1933)’

I hope you’re getting comfortable with the feeling of free-fall. You still have a fair way to go…

OK, How About…


“A webpage (or web page) is a web document that is suitable for the World Wide Web and the web browser. A web browser displays a webpage on a monitor or mobile device. The webpage is what displays, but the term also refers to a computer file, usually written in HTML…whose main distinction is to provide hypertext that will navigate to other webpages via links. Web browsers coordinate web resources centered around the written webpage, such as style sheets, scripts and images, to display the webpage.”

– ‘Webpage’ on Wikipedia

and Websites

“A website, also written as web site, or simply site, is a set of related web pages typically served from a single web domain. A website is hosted on at least one web server, accessible via a network such as the Internet or a private local area network through an Internet address known as a Uniform resource locator. All publicly accessible websites collectively constitute the World Wide Web.”

– ‘Website’ on Wikipedia

Realistic painting of a falling female figure
“Down The Hole” Artist Unknown, late 20th or early 21st century

You’re Using One Right Now: Web Browsers

“A web browser (commonly referred to as a browser) is a software application for retrieving, presenting and traversing information resources on the World Wide Web.”

– ‘Web Browser’ on Wikipedia

“I would make this browser war as severe as possible, and show no signs of tiring until all the other browser vendors beg for mercy.”

With apologies to General William T. Sherman

– ‘The Broswer Wars’ on Wikipedia

Side by side images of Alice Falling Down the Rabbit Hole form the 1951 movie and a mature alice from 2009
Disney’s “Alice In Wonderland”, 1951
“Down The Rabbit Hole…Again”
Andrew Willmore, 2009