Perhaps the difference between posting and writing is this: when you post something to Facebook, you inherently hope to find an audience; you wish the algorithm and potential recipients to ‘engage’ with the creation. By contrast, when you write a book or a blog, your write for readers — people who have already made some intentional decision to interact with you and your ideas.
via James Shelley
- Who owns the internet?
- The iPhone X – a review from John Gruber
- If You Care About Cities, Apple’s New Campus Sucks
- Everything That’s Inside Your iPhone – you’ll second look at your iPhone after having read this (and to all your electronic devices);
- Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?
- How I cured my tech fatigue by ditching feeds
- There’s precedent for Amazon competing with so many companies. It doesn’t end well.
- The 7 Kinds of Data Visualization People
- The Generalized Specialist: How Shakespeare, Da Vinci, and Kepler Excelled
- Tim Berners-Lee on the future of the web: ‘The system is failing’
So, yes, important things will get saved. But that doesn’t feel like a solid argument for how preservation happens.
Maybe those things weren’t saved because they were important. Maybe they were important because they were saved.
In order to write a history, you need evidence of what happened. When we talk about preserving the stuff we make on the web, it isn’t because we think a Facebook status update, or those GeoCities sites have such significance now. It’s because we can’t know.
Jason Santa Maria
Our world is increasingly mediated by the internet, and that internet has just a few gatekeepers, collecting tolls as we browse. As Python guru Matt Harrison put it, “Vendors control the default browser which 99.9% of people use.” Those vendors are happy to sell us access to information. Nothing about it is free.
A nice article by Matt Asay about Mozilla’s role to be our bulwark against the the closure of the web…