The Internet
aka: Internet
Really just a series of tubes. note 

"The Internet is a communications tool used the world over where people can come together to bitch about movies and share pornography."

The thing you're using right now.

The entire reason TV Tropes can exist! The internet is a massive group of interconnected computers world-wide (including yours!) that allows users to send/receive various types of information, usually hypertext documents (via HTTP). This technology has revolutionized all forms of media communication, from television and film to picking up your groceries. It's hard to find a business, industry, or art form that is not reliant on the internet in one form or another. If you have been on the internet for at least a month, you can probably tell that the internet is gigantic, meaning you can get lost on sites like Wikipedia, Facebook, YouTube, and TV Tropes rather easily.

Originally conceived as a way for the United States military to connect its distinct computer networks, the internet was made public in the late 80's, and started becoming mainstream during the 90's. In the United States, nearly all consumers access the internet through one of several major providers (called ISPs), who charge a small fee for a prescribed level of access, called bandwidth. Outside of the United States, private companies still control most access to the Internet, but some countries have mandated free, public Internet access for use by the general population.

Commonly used in virtually every medium on TV Tropes, the internet has become a cultural icon, representing a new era of interconnected social media and technological advancement.

It can also be very, very frightening.

See also: TropeNamers.Internet and New Media Tropes.



Alternative Title(s): Internet