This got me thinking about the internet as landscape, or open space within network infrastructure. The internet was once a wilderness, but has been over-developed, and because of this we’ve lost areas to simply exist. Tools for sharing photos have turned into platforms for sharing things that more closely resemble personal ads. Tools for communicating with friends are used to extract taste profiles and create filter bubbles to encourage constant consumption and endless engagement. I wonder what a conservationist movement for the open web could look like
Posting on social media, after all, is a means of narrativizing our own lives: What we’re telling ourselves our lives are like.
Particularly in tech-related industries, the battle for convenience is the battle for industry dominance.
the introduction of the iTunes store in 2003 made buying music even more convenient than illegally downloading it. Convenient beat out free.
The paradoxical truth I’m driving at is that today’s technologies of individualization are technologies of mass individualization. Customization can be surprisingly homogenizing.