Viewing a single comment thread. View all comments

edmund_the_destroyer wrote

Well, I think a lot of these things all fall out of the capitalist model, right? Web sites and services need money, and most people can't or at least won't pay, so it has to be funded by advertising.

And I think the rest of the evils flow out from there. The intrusive data collection feeds advertising. The inflammatory content gets more attention, which feeds advertising. Twitter's short post length makes for rapid fire interaction, which tends to be more emotional, so people spend more time there than they do on a traditional blogging site. That helps Twitter's advertising revenue. Facebook is designed to be addictive because it generates more revenue.

I think our only hope for an internet that doesn't suck are the free software (free as in freedom, not proprietary but with no price tag) projects that are working on as easy as possible host-your-own-x options. I host my own email, cloud music software, photo software, text documents, spreadsheets, calendaring software, and so forth but it's not anything I can recommend to friends and family because the level of technical knowledge you need is too high. I work in software and system administration, so it's my job to know all I need to know to run this stuff. My friends and family members that are nurses, doctors, chefs, mechanics, plumbers, teachers, and landscapers don't.

But there are projects like NextCloud (personal cloud), (personal cloud), IPFS (distributed storage), Beaker Browser and the dat project (decentralized websites), (decentralized storage), SafeNetwork (decentralized storage and computation), FreedomBox (easy hardware for hosting your own personal cloud), Yacy (decentralized web search), and others like them all trying to make freedom-respecting and privacy respecting replacements for Google/Facebook/Twitter/Amazon/DropBox that the average person can use. None are good enough today, but work is underway.


mofongo wrote

Thank you for freedom box, I was interested in something like it to synch data from my phone.


Snowy OP wrote (edited )

I was thinking about the correlation between Facebook and mental illness...they using their real name to design a fake self on Facebook, which reminds me of the concept of schizophrenia. Or maybe after they give every best moment in their life on Facebook ...the real person is a mummy that after being sucked out all of happiness.

When the time of the rise of Facebook, I remember that many people felt worried about using their real name on the internet, and the mainstream media used tons of propaganda to promote this website. I thought it's a site that most people just want to use it for a few months, but I was wrong. The whole thing is ...designed to rise.

3 things people are bombarded by mainstream media that I thought it won't being prosperous: Facebook/Twitter

Bitcoin(I thought: A tool for freaks getting child porn)

Terrorism(When I was a child, I thought: why all of you don't need a trial to prove bin Laden is guilty?)

But I was terribly wrong...this crazy world.

So, the software you mentioned on here, most people on this planet won't use it since the mainstream don't give them a damn, but people on this website may really need them. Especially the Facebook banned tons of things recently.

(click Upvoted)