EDITORIAL: Evidence that online has come of age?

Last year's record online spend by advertisers, up 19 per cent to £196.7 million, suggests the grown-ups have taken over the playroom. When the dotcom boom went bust, major advertisers were understandably nervous about online. Their agencies' lack of new-media expertise didn't help. Now that apprehension seems to have been overcome, with online showing its steepest rise since the middle of 2000. It looks as if online might be coming close to completing its rite of passage.