Utopian Internet Promise

The early, utopian promise of the internet was as a decentralized network that would connect people under hundreds of millions of websites and communities, each in charge of creating their own rules. But as the internet has evolved, it has become increasingly corporatized, with companies like Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Reddit, Tumblr, and Twitter replacing individually-owned websites and forums as the primary speech outlets for billions of people around the world.

I sort of feel bad that Facebook (and YouTube) have these huge content moderation issues. But I also don’t.

They make it easy to publish and get likes. I wish it was just a bit harder. I wish people blogged more again.

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