The New Yorker has a great piece by Paul Ford on the emergence of HTML5 and standard-setting bodies for the web. You don’t have to understand the technical details, but these discussions will affect our experience of the internet in the decades to come:
A standard is a skewed mirror of culture, and HTML5 is no different. Here is what it tells us we care about: words, headlines, video, and audio. We like to organize things into lists, and we like to look at pictures. And we want everything to be capable of animation and interaction—every letter, every tag, every structural element. Every bit of HTML5 is open to interpretation by code, available to be twisted, rotated, and manipulated by its users.