Actually, things are looking (a bit) up.
Numerous times I've noted that the direction that the internet is taking is an almost opposite direction to the one I'd like to see it take. Seven
years ago, for instance, I wrote that I:
admit that the business aspects of the internet have so overshadowed the information
aspects that it's now hard to see myself as part of anything that might be considered
an internet community. The leaders and movers of the internet of today undoubtedly
see my information needs as a rather insignificant part of the vast frontiers
they want to conquer. Sadly, that direction still seems to
dominate the internet. And yet, even though I've been
highly critical of the hype that Web 2.0 and the Read/Write Web have been
promoting, there's no denying that a wide variety of new tools are paving the
way for the almost forgotten netizen to reclaim an important position in cyberspace.
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