1990s Internet > 2020s Internet
If you weren't there- in the 1990s, the Internet still contained occasional cesspools of misinformation, but because it required special hardware (a computer with a modem and a phone line nobody was using), it wasn't as easy to "discover", and it wasn't as easy for services to decide what users should "discover".
Our brains could filter out nonsense much easier when it wasn't pushed on us in magic rectangles.
"I only have a 28.8- I'm not clicking any links I don't have to."
Obviously I don't think real time communication is itself a problem- it's enabled wonderful things like remote family reunions and collaborative projects across cultures and continents.
But the failure to regulate the crap out of algorithmic advertising and dark money is up there on the list of "horrible decisions our species made".
@vkc seriously. Or, at the very minimum, we don't have the tools we need to manage it and what we do have isn't working.
@lawremipsum it's so bad, and I don't know how we get out of it short of pulling the plugs of lots of servers.
@vkc I really like this. I took a similar approach, removing any apps that provided “infinite scrolling”.
@vkc I’ve been inspired to try an experiment. Because of issues, I’m often awake before I can get up, so I do tend to grab my phone to pull blog posts and news items to read on Kobo later (and now to read Mastodon). But I’ve moved all that to my tablet, and removed it all from my phone, so it doesn’t come with me and tempt me when I’m out of the house.
@vkc i spend so much time explaining to my friends why facebook is a problem, they should use something like telegram if they absolutely have to, etc etc. It goes something like:
- so you get too much info and it's usually from inside your own bubble, blablabla, privacy, blabla...
- now that you've explained it, you're right. Mind blowing!
-will you uninstall facebook from your phone then?
@tbari I'm very tempted to share my story a bit more publicly- I was at one point on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram 2-3 hours per day. Getting rid of it has been huge- I often wonder if folks would consider dropping some social media if they heard stories like mine.
@vkc i have everything and the kitchen sink installed, but i disabled each and every notification. the only things that get displayed are chats from my partner, system monitoring alerts and, well, calls. can't disable those, fortunatly noone ever calls me.
all other apps need to be opened to see anything. :)
@vkc i don't know about "species", more like a few rich, white men. the rest of us had no say whatsoever.
@vkc I wrote a blog post a few weeks back about "The WELL," arguably the first online social network. The WELL's director appeared on "Chronicles" with an assistant DA from Oakland at a time when the government was just starting to think about how to regulate online spaces. It's an interesting time capsule if nothing else.
@vkc As I recall, before 1994-6, when the World Wide Web appeared, the most publicly-accessible place to find "bad stuff" on the early 1990s Internet was the Usenet alt newsgroups. Alt was THE place for counter-factual conspriracy theory-loving, 2nd Amendment-quoting, gun-toting, alt-right, flame-warring, RTFMing, software pirating types. Reddit, 4chan, etc. all more-or-less follow from the alt groups.
@vkc Modem speeds were the big reason I didn’t click on every link I came across. Using common sense was still a thing in the early 90’s.
@vkc loading and viewing an image? why not, i didn't have anything planned for the next 20 minutes anyway…
@vkc I see your point, but broadband...
I would argue at least 2005s Internet > 2020s Internet. Especially before the great AMV Youtube purge.
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