Talking about the essence of the web is akin to talking about the universe and our opinion about reality. For such topics you ask an expert, may it be Stephen Hawking or the guys from MIT for the obscurity of space. In terms of the internet, this particular expert is the Berlin based Blogger Rene Walther with his webpage Nerdcore.de.
But to be honest there is no finite explanation of the website either. What there is instead are the highlights of the net and everything else pop-culture related between photography, design, music and curiosities.
On a daily basis Rene is scanning the internet for the artefacts everyone else might miss and publishing them on his page. An endeavour which has gained him third place in Europe‘s Blog Top 50.