Was the open web just a fortunate accident?

A philosophical point of view on the open web (that’s attempted to be answered from time to time).  Was it just a fortunate accident?

I think the Web was a historical accident, an anomalous instance of a powerful new technology going almost directly from a publicly funded research lab to the public. It caught existing juggernauts like Microsoft flat-footed, and it led to the kind of disruption today’s most powerful tech companies would prefer to avoid.

The Web Is Dying; Apps Are Killing It – WSJ – WSJ.

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