We must never forget the joy of doing something slow and something difficult, the satisfaction of not doing what is easiest.
One of my favorite technologies on the web is the humble hyperlink:
<a href="url">link text</a>
A link is a tiny portal. A kid of the 90s my web was full of them. Jumping from link to link I explored the new world, with a bungee cord built with code.
One thing I’ve noticed working with kids of today is, that the idea of a hyperlink is disappearing.
Links are occasionally clicked on, sure, and they still define much of what gets recommended to us. But the apps kids use don’t really support them (look at how hard it is to add a link to Instagram or TikTok) and QR-codes are proving to be far easier to use than typing tedious links.
"Fortunately, a more pleasant, thoughtful sub-section of the internet remains where a marker of good taste and good character is not success but substance. Here, people pursue endeavours by treating their audience not as a mere source of attention to be monetised, but a community to be served. People in this little corner of the web are motivated by respect and appreciation, not envy and desire. It is a refreshing little oasis of quiet humility in a world of noisy, competitive gloating."