Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Look back to optimism | Lucas Gonze's blog

From the POV of 2019 the Internet is a supreme disaster. Elsagate. 8chan. Phone spam at 1/2 of all calls.

It seems hopelessly naive to acknowledge that back when it was young, and me too, we believed. It was going to bring democratization, not autocracy; decentralization, not FAANG; anonymity, not surveillance capitalism.

We all got swept up. It was like the home front in 1942.

My friend Adam got a MA in public administration from the JFK School at Harvard and became a sysadmin. His wife Mary got a MA in literature and became a website coordinator. I studied composing and went off to write CGI scripts.


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