A Series of Tubes: Hardware

A&E | 6.22.11
Marci Sischo & Kaci Buhl

One of the main reasons people avoid the Internet is confusion about the actual Internet machine itself: the computer. They’re complicated machines, and the way they work isn’t always intuitive. A lot of people are afraid they’re going to somehow break their computer, or accidentally delete something they should. They don’t understand how the various bits of hardware work, or what all those confusing acronyms — RAM, ROM, IE, etc — mean. And for someone who lacks a clear understanding of computers, they can be pretty intimidating.