how-are-you-internet

Or a better question for this entry would be: “how am **I**, in regards to my relationship with the Internet?”nnWell, for over a year now I’ve been one part excited about doing dev activities (which I will continue to do), and three parts completely indifferent on what is happening with people/services online. Like, even a lot of blogs are strikingly similar – just different arrangement of words on the same subject(s), and same opinions shared by many like-minded people, I suppose. Tech blogs, photography blogs, blogs about writing, online journals, etc. – a lot of the same stuff, in many ways.nnAnd with no social media or news content to consume (why I would want to do that, IDK), it’s just me in my small corner of the WWW, and other people carving out small corners of their own. Which is fine, but…yea, it’s a lot of the same *content* going around, perhaps? nnI don’t actually miss “the old Internet”, or any shit like that. What made the Internet NEW and EXCITING was that it was, in fact, *NEW*, and also that a lot of the tech co’s that we thought would be great (for us, everyone, and for the world) ended up NOT being so – in fact, they turned out to be fairly BAD for the world. So, what started off as excitement (e.g. “did you hear about Facebook?”, or, “Just Google it – everything is a search away now, isn’t that cool?”) has turned into dour discontent and disappointment (e.g. “I spend too much time on Facebook, I wish I had more IRL friends”, or, “don’t use Google, they’re not safe”). It took a while for all these co’s to *turn* sour, but once they did, there’s no going back. And the reason I bring up Big Tech co’s is because they (essentially) *were* the Internet! We just “bought into” them! Hell, we were *rooting* for them – when Google was a Lego-supported startup (they built server racks from Lego parts), and Facebook was started “just on some Harvard kids laptop”, etc. I mean now it almost sounds like I am glorifying their story, but I am not, as their “root” story is nothing more than where they began – NOT where they ended up!nnSo (a lesson?) money ruins everything? Or Capitalism ruins everything? Or mass adoption of a product or products ruins everything? No. *Greed* ruins everything! But in this case (the case of online services and products) greed ruined a “what could have been” scenario. But, BUT, more importantly, it’s up to everyday people to just “pick up on their own accord”, do their own thing, make their own way in online life. Without as much centralization in the future, or I would imagine. The Internet is a protocol of computers communicating with one another – nothing more. How we choose to *use* this technology (and the abundant infrastructure that surrounds it now in 2021) is entirely up to us.nnSo, I’ll just leave it be. I still like the WWW, and doing dev and all that, but I sort of look at it (the WWW) like a once-super-hyped service, when it turns out it is just a commodity – like television, or the radio, or whatever – another *medium* with which to do certain things with. Glad it’s here, and it will always be here, but what’s made of it is up to the individual.

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