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The Interwebs: Rebuilding

To follow up on yesterday's post, today, a brief musing: if you were to rebuild an internet, what would you want to include? Basically, what would you save, and what would it look like? I do think thewronghands is right to point to what happens in disaster areas immediately following a disaster.

Something like Wikipedia seems like a keeper. I could also see a return to stripped-down communication forms like listservs and blogs. I'm sure that "I'm okay" and "Hi, how are you? What are you doing?" are the kinds of things that people would routinely return to.

We all also seem to want some version of news of the broader world, but we sure have an awful time of figuring out how to get it in appropriate forms and doses.

What would happen to photographs? I really hate how places have latched onto the fact that we humans respond positively to photographs and previews. I also hate communication forms that try to internalize their users (I'm looking at you, Book of Face).

What about microfinance?

What do you think?

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sandokai
Mar. 8th, 2017 09:16 pm (UTC)
Maybe parts of the internet that are more like a database. For example, if I wanted to just search newspaper articles as opposed to the entire internet, there could be a place for that. Or if I just wanted to search blogs, etc.
rebeccmeister
Mar. 8th, 2017 09:53 pm (UTC)
Every time I think I'm tired and fed up with search algorithms, they get even worse! So some form of compartmentalization seems like it could be useful.

As an example: the default search engine for searching through my old blog entries is Google. Even when I KNOW I've blogged about something, Google utterly fails to pull up the entries. Thankfully, stuff is indexed by date, and I have used tags to some extent. Still. It's laughably bad.
sandokai
Mar. 8th, 2017 09:17 pm (UTC)
Also can we make it illegal for them to surround articles with photos of medically disgusting things unrelated to the topic of the article?
rebeccmeister
Mar. 8th, 2017 09:52 pm (UTC)
One of my biggest frustrations with the vast majority of the internet is how so many people assume that advertising is the only route to profit and success. I'm still frustrated that even a paid NYTimes subscription still leaves me exposed to way more advertising than I'd care for.

I would LOVE to see more stuff set up just as straight nonprofit enterprises, managed via a payment system that covers production and maintenance costs but doesn't tip that money into a small number of pockets.
annikusrex
Mar. 12th, 2017 07:26 pm (UTC)
daily newspapers always funded most of their journalism through display ads. it was pretty easy to ignore those ads in print, but companies would still pay because there was no other way to reach that audience. now, companies learn what kind of ads you ignore online, so newspapers are forced to respond by making their online ads more attention-grabbing and obnoxious in order to sell them at all. meanwhile, no one will pay much for the ignorable print ads when facebook and the online version are competing. less information and more opacity was better for consumers, but that era is over.
annikusrex
Mar. 12th, 2017 07:29 pm (UTC)
i think i would mainly eliminate social media and keep almost everything else. i feel like the internet was OK in 2007.
rebeccmeister
Mar. 13th, 2017 10:23 pm (UTC)
You know, I think you're onto something. This made me think of the period when at first, everyone was on MySpace, and then the hordes started to transition over to Facebook, and then everyone's parents also joined, and at that point things were kind of over.

scrottie was just remarking yesterday that he's suddenly finding himself on a bunch of Yahoo discussion lists because that's where the people who work on refurbishing antique cars and boats are hanging out.

And thank you for the commentary on the state of advertising - reminds me of the period when pop-ups first started happening. In general I'm still squarely in the camp of people who prefer to pay for services (and at more curated advertising), although I break that rule for short videos.
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