The Un-Internet

Dave Winer, Scripting News, Jan 02, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Dave Winer writes, "I’ve written about it so many times, but that’s how it goes with loops.... At issue is this: Control. For whatever reason, the people who run the tech companies want it. But eventually the users take it." And so, he says, we are entering the look again, this time with microblogging services like Tumblr and tablets like iPad. It's funny - doing a follow-up to find other views, all I find are copies of the Winer post, with nothing else added. As though there's nothing else to say. Here's a Slashdot thread on the post, which at least has some opinion. My own observation is that the time you come to depend on a cycle to get you out of something is the time the cycle breaks down, and what you didn't like (warming, inflation, centralization) becomes permanent. Don't assume these things work on some principle of perpetual motion - if you want users to take control, take control.
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