Birth of a Metaphor--The Nascence of Surfing the Internet
Jean Armour Polly This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
November 1994

I was under contract to Wilson Library Bulletin to write a beginner's level article about the Internet, to be submitted to that journal in March of 1992. It was to be printed in the June 1992 issue.

As I wrote the article, I knew it would be one of the first articles of its type. "Zen and the Art of the Internet" had been released on the net by Brendan Kehoe in January 1992, and it had become a net.phenomenon in short order. Heretofore there were only RFCs (Requests for Comments) and other technical writings about the Internet. Kehoe's piece broke new ground for the academic new user and I was determined to do the same thing for librarians.

  • Who coined or originated the term or phrase "Surfing the Internet"?
  • What is the origin of "Surfing the Internet"?
  • Who invented surfing the Internet?