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The Internet in Columbia

Connect to Columbia's wired-up, tech-obsessed cyber culture

April 11, 2013 | 12:00 a.m. CST

How did we ever live without it?

We take the Internet for granted. We expect it to always be there, just like tap water or electricity.

In reality, the Internet is a relatively new invention; the public library didn’t have access until 1993. Mizzou Wireless was installed in 2000. This series of stories, including a timeline, demonstrates how much we’ve integrated the Internet into our lives. Kids use iPads in schools, and we can sit in virtual global classrooms. Craigslist serves as the neighborhood matchmaker. Wi-Fi network names have become a form of self expression.

And finally, we look at local life without the Internet. What in the world would we do with ourselves?

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