It might mostly be nostalgia, but I remember websites on the internet in the 90s feeling more like "places". Now everything is, like, an app.. and I don't like it nearly as much.

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This article describes the capitalistic mechanisms that killed off web*sites*

It makes so much sense: the inverse-sorted timeline, it's *always hungry for more content*.

Imagine how wild it would be if your mastodon TL was "done for the day", or the year, or just *done*.

Capitalism thrives by making things *legible*. Blogs are delightfully easy to parse and index compared to hand-coded websites. Blogs are very quantifiable.

If your mastodon instance was "done", then you could start to explore new mediums for communication and self-expression

Infinite timeline apps just keep you sucked in, creating content for its timeline, forever

@oak I have always liked the approach of things like hardlyeverything.com and kawara.app by Jon-Kyle as a way of using social media etc online for breaking down time spent online ^^

@oak i feel like if i didn’t have an infinite stream of content i would have to take up smoking.
it mught be healthier.

@oak some people can just exist without constant obsessive distraction, without their own minds tearing them up from the inside. i am not one of those people. i’d need like a morphine habit or something

@oak I agree entirely. We're all running on treadmills, creating new content that disappears immediately, but fuels our info to advertisers.

Except for this one. Still a treadmill, though.

I feel like the right to internet access should come bundled with the right to a static web presence. If everyone could host a little data, we'd be far less inclined to jump into these content mudslides.

@rezmason I really like what you're saying, *and* I think that the problem is significantly more systemic than access to posting static data on the web.

@Moon @oak serendipity holds more value to me than algorithms.
In your own mind there are multiple endless streams.
You spend most of your time ignoring them.

@oak Yep, content is what makes users come back. Say, What if you had a compelling app where users created their own content punctuated by third party advertisers You’d just sit back and rake in the dough.

@oak Reminds me of RSS. Some feeds update slowly enough that it is possible to have them all marked "read" in the RSS reader, to be "done" with the feed.

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> Congratulations!

> You have finally reached the end of the internet!

hmpg.net/

@oak i love it already! your writing is very charming :)

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