The web opened new doors for people to share information. The low cost of creating content for the web makes it easy to share information freely, for any audience, and even just for yourself.
(dramatic music) - I love everything about the web. It's scary, it's bad, it's evil. It's uplifting. It's encouraging, it's helpful.
It's the good, do you know what I mean? It's... It's a new medium and we're just at threshold of us being great and greater. I have no idea what I'd be doing without the Web. And I'm glad it came along when it did. - The idea of, on the Web that you can release something for yourself, something you use, something you find useful and you can just give that away for free. And then other people can use it and other people can start building and creating.
For me, that is the most beautiful thing about the Web. That's incredible to see. - The Web is just... It's perfect in that it's your ability to create something and get it out there and everyone can see it and interact with it, just immediately. You can't hope for a better situation when you're building something like this. - [Woman] There's no wall around the Web. And the cost of entry to the Web is very minimal.
It's very easy to be involved and no one's like steering it in a way that will close it down for people to be able to access or put things on it. - What I love most about working on the Web is the free flow of ideas, information, thoughts, that was previously impossible. - At a minimum, anyone can use Twitter or Facebook and that's great. But, with just a little bit of effort anyone can create a Tumblr.
If you have a great idea, you can make a website. You can make a responsive website while not even knowing what those words mean, by just picking the right template in Tumblr. And if you have a little more knowledge, Wordpress and it's all good, it's all really good. Anyone can publish from anywhere in the world, even places where it's not necessarily encouraged to speak your mind.
In the film, Matt Griffin knits together a narrative from dozens of conversations with important figures from throughout the web's history. He interviews Tim Berners-Lee, Denise Jacobs, Jeffrey Zeldman, Ethan Marcotte, Chris Wilson, Lyza Danger Gardner, Eric Meyer, Irene Au, Alex Russell, Trent Walton, Val Head, Jonathan Snook, and many more. The result is a series of unique insights about why the web is structured the way it is, why standards matter, how mobile disrupted everything, and why the web isn't done growing.