I think there's a real disconnect between those of us who grew up with the web in the West and those accessing it for the first time these days.

It's nothing like what it was. It's a financed device, which allows you to access walled gardens, to perform government-approved actions.

@dajbelshaw yes indeed. Being here and actively seeking out FOSS is the closest I've felt to back then. I miss crazy niche forums with small communities, the web was so fun back then.


There was a large price of admission in the 90s - technical and financial, so there were less people and those that got on tended to be people with technical or science backgrounds. Web 2.0 was one turning point, as was the reduced barriers to entry.

It was fun, but I do wonder if part of the fun was in the excitement of it being something so new and different. It was a pretty wild place.


@dajbelshaw Aye. Good that there are still glimmers of the old possibilities (like here, and RSS, and #indieweb) but we need to be opening up the possibilities for the youngsters ;-) Heather Burns @WebDevLaw was writing about that recently -

@dajbelshaw Uh, not if you stick to the things we did ‘back in the day’ like forums and chat rooms.

@greypilgrim How do people coming onto the web for the first time discover those if Facebook is pre-installed for them?


To me the 'net seems like a world - the 'financed device' is like cities, and the rest is free to wander, away from the traffic and the hustles.

Dropped the Twitter long ago; now I enjoy 'net nomadics, wandering the ever-growing wilderness edges. (This being one...)

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