The End of the Internet Dream?
Jennifer Stisa Granick
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I’ve been using the Internet a bit longer than you have and I think the more accessible you make the Internet, the less likely it is that it will remain the idealistic way it was when we first got on there (before AOL and the Web). It’s the cateteria food theory (bland taste to please the most people) but also I think it speaks of a broader trend in our society that has become more materialist and consumerist. I also think it helps to not give in to conveniences and continue to use tools that served us well, and not switch just because everyone is. I still maintain my personal page http://ram.org (which I started in 1993, when Mosaic was the browser of choice, and the entire Web was a few thousand sites) and I still use mutt as my email client, but the main thing to do is to trust in layers: the commercial Internet that everyone uses is different from the underground Internet and so long as the underlying TCP/IP protocols remain the same, it’s possible to build your own subnetwork that’s the equivalent of USENET (where I posted the Free Music Philosophy as part of the beginnings of an open art movement). It happens now and there are some open communities and I stick with them for anything substantive. I still use Facebook to keep in touch with people who I’d like to keep in touch with and they couldn’t care about the things you talk about, and to even post here I had to either sign up to Medium or sign in using Twitter, FB, or Google.