why does everyone keep ignoring my posts May 3, 2021 4:31:06 GMT via mobile co and jackinator like this
Post by theCarbonFreeze on May 3, 2021 4:31:06 GMT
I stand by what I said. Social media is bad and while it may have existed pre-2008, it got more all encompassing, intrusive and therefore worse in the post 2008 internet. Thats just the way it is.
The pre-2008 internet was far from perfect. There was still cliques, bullying and misinformation. Only now we've lost the objectively superior forum format in favor of unpredictable algorithms. We've lost the vast network of decentralized websites made by dedicated fans, craftsmen and scholars of a particular set of knowledge in favor of Wikipedia alone. We're losing anonymity and people are more hateful and rude to each other as ever. We've lost the pluralism and libertarian set of values the web was founded on as a whole, in favor of corporatization, privatization and centralization under Google, Amazon, Facebook and whoever else. We're even losing basic Google search reliability in an age where ad-driven webpage design requires manipulating one's search engine result.
Things didnt suddenly go to hell overnight in 2008 but as someone who lived through the early web of the 90s (and therefore, has more perspective on this topic) I can, with hindsight, place the turning point with the rise of Facebook in high schools. Suddenly forums and chatrooms were subsumed by that one site, the walmart of the internet. That was also after YouTube got bought out and started the partner program, turning it away from "share your weird video ideas for fun" into a business. (In some ways YouTube content is objectively better nowadays, but it's corporate and curated for better or worse.)
In any case, there was clearly a freedom and diversity which the old web embodied (and promised for the future) which we've lost in the years since. We can quibble about the exact best year the turning point was.