Hello friends. It has been a while since I’ve done one of these, because really not much has been going on with the blog for a while. And not much will be going on with it in the future, but it will hopefully be a bit more lively with the changes I have planned. TLDR: I have practically been using the blog as a newsletter for a while now, so I am going to lean into that more, with each post compiling a few different updates and insights instead of always having a singular focus. I am committing to this as my main means of disseminating information, rather than Twitter or other corporatized internet spaces.
Starting with this post right here!
What Has Happened to the Internet
I am pretty damn young but I am old enough to remember that the internet was not always like this. Today people (self included) engage with the internet mainly through platforms, rather than bouncing around between several independent websites. Evan Dahm, a webcomicker, puts it pretty clearly here.
And this kinda sucks. It sucks for creators because they either have to conform to the tastes of the platform’s algorithm, or accept that what they create will be buried. Obviously this kind of institutional influence and compromise has been part of art production since forever, but it was not always this way on the internet.
It sucks for readers/viewers/etc. because a lot of these platforms are shitty places to be on. They exploit and encourage shallow, impulsive engagement; they cultivate a sense of always missing out, of always needing more. I have found out about a lot of cool stuff on Twitter—events, book recommendations, sometimes interesting news—but always in the midst of great quantities of dreck, much of it aggravating or depressing.
Fortunately, I have this old-school, independent form of information dissemination: the blog.Read More »