So, there's a constellation of concepts around web stuff that we all seem to care about: low- or no-JS, minimalism, brutalism, RSS, organic (as opposed to algorithmic) discovery, decentralization, offline-first, ownership and control of data, anti-telemetry-ism, etc. What are some terms or movements or design principles that encapsulate these ideas?
@neauoire Yeah, that was the phrase that kept coming to mind, though I wasn't sure how much it encompassed.
@jrc03c Some words I think of are "humane" and "self-determination" (both at a community and individual level). As far as some design principles, Amber Case promoted some principles referred to as "calm tech". The principles apply more broadly than the web and do not encompass everything you brought up, but are perhaps worth considering:
@firstname.lastname@example.org I've heard this referred to (somewhat self-deprecatingly) as "tech-veganism"
@jrc03c I see those as points of collaboration for independent web.
Elements of the internet which allow DIY spaces and connects them outside of corporate empires. Small tech combines ecology with accessibility and affordability, thus empowering individuals to own and control their virtual land. That is independence.
Basically a vast political movement with strong presence, impact and yet ridiculously tiny representation.
@jrc03c @neauoire there was a decent thread around this a while ago, and while there wasn't a consenus there were a few interesting suggestions and a really lovely debate on the merits of the proposals. The ones I particularly like were variants on "smol computing", and "respectful computing"
I've adopted the latter (NB: I might have been the one to propose it? I can't remember for sure, but if so that would certainly be a bias), because I think it escapsulates the ideas of respect for users (data, time, resources), our communities (sustainability etc.), and so on.
@neauoire @calcifer @jrc03c There were two threads discussing terminology, one started by calcifer and a follow-up by me. Both very rich in useful concepts and discussion :) They are the source of my LIMITS paper, which celebrates a few of these terms (and lists all of them for reference).
The initial thread by calcifer:
The follow-up one by me:
I'm not arguing for one term to take the lead, but wish for all these terms to be meaningful by being practised, differently in diverse contexts, inform new practices, cross pollinate, to circulate widely :)
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