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(from) the far side of the web

Posted by Anders on November 19, 2003

I was recently greeted: "Yours from the far side of the web." We haven't discussed this expression before, have we? I did a search for it in the archives, but could find nothing. I have, as it were, a dream-like memory of somebody telling me it feeds off a Sixties idiom. Although the expression may echo an older saying, it is, needless to say, not older than the web. I've been told of researchers trying to determine the average density of the web, that is, how many times one must click on average to get from one random web page to another. But the expression hardly has such research in mind. Rather, there is irony at play, because everything is commonly believed to be "just a click away."