The Web We Have to Save

Hossein Derakhshan, Medium, Jul 17, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

When blogger Hossein Derakhshan - also known as 'Hoder' - emerged from six years of jail in Iran, he encountered an internet very different from the one that existed the last time he blogged. "The hyperlink represented the open, interconnected spirit of the world wide web... The hyperlink was a way to abandon centralization — all the links, lines and hierarchies — and replace them with something more distributed, a system of nodes and networks... I’ve realized how much the hyperlink has been devalued, almost made obsolete.Nearly every social network now treats a link as just the same as it treats any other object — the same as a photo, or a piece of text."

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