Your SLP assignment is to consider the great dot-com boom and bust and to understand its influence on the Internet of today. The dot-com bubble was the major watershed in the brief history of the Internet.

There is certainly no shortage of material describing this significant set of events. Probably the best place to begin for an overview is the following video:

CWnEconomy. (2012, February 24). Dot-com bubble documentary. [Video file]. Retrieved from

Here are two other good sources tracing these events:

Norwood, J. (2011). History of the Internet timeline. High Speed Internet. Retrieved from

WiseGeek. (2012). What was the dot-com bubble? Retrieved from

The Background page lists a number of other possible sources; in addition, the general resources listed in the syllabus and under Module 1 are worth consulting in many cases. Finally, you are encouraged to do your own independent research on the Internet itself; Google can deliver to you in seconds vast quantities of information. Try not to drown in it, however.

Optional Reading

Kehoe, B. (1992). Zen and the Art of the Internet: A Beginner’s Guide to the Internet. First Edition. Retrieved from

Spirecast Team. (2009). History of e-commerce. Retrieved from Spirecast:

SLP 1 Assignment

After you have reviewed some of the sources about the bubble and have a good feel for it, you will be in a position to write a short (3- to 4-page) paper on the topic: The Major Effects of the “Dot-Com Bubble Burst” on the Internet of Today. You are expected to address the following questions in your paper:

  • What are the positive and negative effects of the dot-com bubble burst on the Internet of today?
  • What lessons were learned from the dot-com bubble burst? What is your conclusion about the major effects of the dot-com bubble burst  on the current Internet?

SLP 1 Assignment Expectations

Your paper should be 3–4 pages long. Take a definite stand on the issues, and develop your supporting argument carefully. Using material from the background information and any other sources you can find to support specific points in your argument is highly recommended; try to avoid making assertions for which you can find no support other than your own opinion.

Provide proper citations for any material you reference from other sources. Follow the Student Guide to Writing a High-Quality Academic Paper for help in structuring and developing your paper.

You will be particularly assessed on:

  • Your ability to see what the module is all about and to structure your paper accordingly.
  • Your informed commentary and analysis—simply repeating what your sources say does not constitute an adequate paper.
  • Your ability to draw on a range of sources and to establish your understanding of the historical context of the question.