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ashtar. - 2022-09-27

The gap between the expectation and possibility of the early internet and how it turned out is very depressing.

Mr. Purple Cat Esq. - 2022-09-27

How so?

ashtar. - 2022-09-27

1) The commercialism of it has greatly undercut its potential. All the information in the world could be available for free, but it's not; recall google books. The profit motive and the need to sell ads (and thus, people's data) is also a major reason that e.g. Facebook sucks and is socially harmful.
2) What was meant to be decentralized is now largely in the hands of a few powerful corporations. There are basically 5 websites now.
3) We have unprecedented access to information. You can look up any empirical fact on your phone in a couple seconds. This has somehow lead to pretty much everyone believing in insane conspiracy theories, alternative health woo, political extremism, etc.

casualcollapse - 2022-09-27


Quad9Damage - 2022-10-03

Why are you laughing? He's not wrong.

The Mothership - 2022-09-28


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