Studying the History of an Infant Invention

"INTERNET" [aka "A Short History of the Internet"]
So I just finished reading "A Short History of the Internet" for my Electronic Media Studio.  And it kinda made me laugh when I learned that the internet almost seemed like a mistake.  At least the internet that I know and love...and sometimes hate.  First off, the whole system began as a way for the government to communicate long distances after a nuclear bomb.  What those scientists didn't expect was an explosion of knowledge, pop culture, gossip, and chatting to occur.  Their invention was made for a specific few.  For those who are meant to read mail with the words "TOP SECRET" stamped across it.  Instead, they created something that almost every person in the world can use.  And not just rocket scientists or government officials use that nifty little invention of theirs.  Any Jo Schmo who can click a mouse can use it.  Kinda funny isn't it?  What was once supposed to be this elitist, secretive network of codes has become the one thing that is common enough to unify the entire world.
"Web Work: A History of Internet Art"
The second reading that I had for my class was called, "Web Work: A History of Internet Art."  So we've gone from studying the internet to studying how it pertains to my major.
The really cool thing about this article is that there are links to all of this internet art mentioned in the writing.  It's actually right there in front of you, just a click away.  You don't have to settle for some pixelated image of a painting housed in a museum 5000 miles away.  You can view the art as it was intended to be viewed.  And you can do it...well...anywhere.  It's like a universal museum.  The only admission fee is whether or not you have internet access.  The walls of this museum span as far as your wifi connection.
The problem that internet artists are now facing is whether or not they should become more institutionalized.  That is, whether or not they should allow their work to be viewed under an establishment.  I mean, the whole point of internet art in the first place, was to go against institutions, to find a new, radical way to create art outside of the confines of traditional society.  But then again, putting internet art into museums, not only justifies the internet as a valuable means for art but also establishes its place in history.
So who gets to decide whether or not to "institutionalize" internet art?  The artist?  The community of net.artists in general?  My guess is that it will take a while for internet art to become more mainstream because the artists are most likely afraid of being viewed as a sell out.  But the question arises, "Are they making the art just to be radical?  Or are they trying to convey a deeper message to the world?"  If there  is really more to this internet art than just the shock factor, then what's the problem with putting it in a museum?  Does it take away from the meaning of the piece?
Just a Few Thoughts From Me.
I just wanna point out how amazing it is to be studying the history of the internet.  This is not something that's decades upon decades old.  When you think about it, it's a fairly new invention.  Yet it has become so vital to our society, so engrained in our everyday lives that there is already TONS of literature on it!  It's pretty incredible.  It's like we're studying the history of an infant.

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