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"Science fiction is really sociological studies of the future, things that the writer believes are going to happen by putting two and two together."
- Ray Bradbury

Websight  
  A way of visualizing the Internet internally.  

In the novel, Caitlin is a typical teenager who loves the social aspects of the Internet. The fact that she is blind doesn't seem to slow her down.

Then, she tries an implant to help her see. Unexpectedly, the implant actually lets her internally "see" the Internet.

"We need a name for what I've got, something to distinguish it from normal vision... "

"...I was thinking we should call it 'websight'" [said Kurooda.]

"Website? Oh - websight." She clapped her hands together and laughed. He didn't get it, she realized.

From WWW: Wake, by Robert J. Sawyer.
Published by Ace in 2009
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Here's another quote that describes what is like from Caitlin's point of view:

Although each part of the Web she was was unique, it all followed the same general pattern: colored lines representing links, glowing circles of various sizes and brightness indicating websites...

This version builds upon previous uses of the idea. See cyberspace from William Gibson's 1982 short story Burning Chrome and portal from Vernor Vinge's 1981 story True Names.

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