How to Take Back the Internet

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September 13, 2023

I’m old enough to remember a time when the internet wasn’t five giant websites filled with screenshots of text from the other four. And I think we all have this sense that, like, the internet kind of sucks, right? The content moderation is terrible, everybody hates it, there’s nowhere else you can go because everyone is on the same platform, so if the moderation doesn’t suit you, you gotta just gut it out. We’re getting spied on. Nothing works. Everything good that we have, they keep shipping updates for that we’re not allowed to stop. That causes us to pay for features that we thought we’d already bought. We are just at the pointy end of the most extractive, surveillant, creepy, careless system of electronic connection that we could have imagined.

VIA Wired