Pluralistic: Pinkdrunk Linkdump (18 Nov 2023)

Today’s links Pinkdrunk Linkdump: Your semi-regular weekend declaration of link bankruptcy. This day in history: 2003, 2008, 2013, 2018 Colophon: Recent publications, upcoming/recent appearances, current writing projects, current reading Pinkdrunk Linkdump (permalink) Happy Saturday! As is so often the case, I have finished the week with more stray links that I can fit into my blog, so it’s time for a linkdump post, in which an assorted assortment is assembled. This is my tenth such linkdump – here are the previous installments: While nostalgia is a toxic impulse (h/t John Hodgman), there’s no denying that there once existed an old, good web, and that it has given way to the enshitternet. I don’t want to bring the old, good web back, but I would welcome a new, good web, and by studying the factors that contributed to the old, good web’s rise and fall, we can both conjure up that new, good web – and protect it. Above all, the old, good web was contingent, a series of lucky accidents, like Tim Berners Lee’s decision to make the code and ideas and protocols for the original web as open and free as possible: This meant that there was no way to use the law to capture the web. Contrast that with, say, AOL or Compuserve. If you were the Compuserve’s CEO and one of your rivals started using your servers to deliver a service that your users preferred, which shifted value from you to this new rival, you…Pluralistic: Pinkdrunk Linkdump (18 Nov 2023)

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