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bloodrose wrote

<joke> when AOL got on usenet </joke> though I swear, I did notice a downtick in discourse when I saw addresses in usenet messages.

I think it happened with the advent of the smartphone. Games figured out how to hook you in and make you mildly addicted enough that you needed micro-transactions of in-game currency to keep your fix going. Facebook figured out how to listen to us and watch us and sell what they heard and saw. They figured out how to prey on basic human needs and fake-fulfill them with their software to keep nickle and diming us. The feed became all whether it was facebook, reddit, or the android newsfeed. People began to manipulate the feed. Whole business started to feed you the right kind of content. Being able to carry the internet in our pockets with us everywhere has taken away the intentional use of the internet. Instead of being users of the internet, we became parts of the machine, feeding the feeds and keeping each other hooked in.

I try not to use raddle on my phone at all and try to make as much of my interactions with this space on the internet intentional.