The Web We Have to Save


The web wasn't meant to be television, fed linearly into your brain. No, it's meant to be a place you find out things you don't know about and about things you don't know you don't know.

That changed when streams got mainstreamed.

Nearly every social network now treats a link as just the same as it treats any other object — the same as a photo, or a piece of text — instead of seeing it as a way to make that text richer. You’re encouraged to post one single hyperlink and expose it to a quasi-democratic process of liking and plussing and hearting: Adding several links to a piece of text is usually not allowed. Hyperlinks are objectivized, isolated, stripped of their powers.

The feeds fed to you is an echo chamber that reinforce what you believe, and put you in tunnel you can't get out of.

The prominence of the Stream today doesn’t just make vast chunks of the Internet biased against quality — it also means a deep betrayal to the diversity that the world wide web had originally envisioned.

If the form is being television-ized, the power structure may also manifest in the same way: top-down.