The internet, HTML: a Western invention?

In discussing Jacques Derrida’s theories on the process and impact of writing on texts, in the greater debate of textuality, I couldn’t help but be drawn into thoughts on production and consumption, more specifically, the production of the internet and the world wide web as western technologies.

Chinese students generously sharing and taking the time to explain what is ultimately a convoluted and time consuming process of creating text online via two different systems in order to replicate (via a chosen software) and produce, edit and consume in the western sense.

I had never thought of the internet as a western text, until now.

Which begs the question, what does the eastern version look like and what could we learn from it if granted access?

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