I used to describe the Web as clothes hanging from the clothes line that was the Internet, or the Web as an appliance using the electricity that was powered it. But that was before I read that the Web is to the Internet as Beer is to Alcohol. Enjoy this piece from Sandro!
Originally posted on Decentralyze:
Lots of people can’t seem to understand the relationship of the Web to the Internet. So I’ve come up with a simple analogy:
The Web is to the Internet as Beer is to Alcohol.
For some people, sometimes, they are essentially synonymous, because they are often encountered together. But of course they are fundamentally different things
In this analogy, Email is like Wine: it’s the other universally popular use of the Internet/Alcohol.
But there are lots of other uses, too, somewhat more obscure. We could say the various chat protocols are the various Whiskeys. IRC is Scotch; XMPP is Bourbon.
gopher is obscure and obsolete, …. maybe melomel.
ssh is potato vodka.
I leave the rest to your imagination.
Note that the non-technician never encounters raw Internet, just like they never encounter pure alcohol. They wouldn’t know what it was if it stepped on their foot. Of course, chemists are…
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