NYT: “But what has really carried Google to the top is a change in our perception of the Internet.”

Verlyn Klinkenborg, Editorial Board Member, writes about how the acceptance of Google reflects consumer’s shifting definition of Internet credibility, as as as an evolved sense of navigation.
He writes: “What Google also reflects is our changing sense of the dynamism of the Web. Nothing captures how statically we used to see the Internet as well as “information highway,” an old phrase that embodies pure linearity and the smell of asphalt. That stasis is also captured in the increasingly outmoded notion of an Internet portal like AOL, much of whose dynamism comes from offering a Google search bar. The fact is that many of us have grown comfortable within the amorphousness of the Web. We no longer need a breakwater like AOL when a good search engine promises to make the sea itself our home.”