Look the web is great, we have just lost track of the important bits and ceded a bit too much control to Google.
The web we lost is still here, thriving on the fediverse and hosted on personal servers. The fact we even know about and trivially use Plan9 is a testament to that.
Browsers are largely open source google/netscape/apple wanted to sell ads, servers and laptops. But got distracted with ads. You can still build webkit, we can still build chromium, we can still build firefox.
@peregrine a perspective from a friend who has built an alternative to web https://proxy.vulpes.one/gemini/gemini.circumlunar.space/~solderpunk/gemlog/why-not-just-use-a-subset-of-http-and-html.gmi
@peregrine yes thank you,
Merveilles is a community project aimed at the establishment of new ways of speaking, seeing and organizing information — A culture that seeks augmentation through the arts of engineering and design. A warm welcome to any like-minded people who feel these ideals resonate with them.