Just the latest toys. Plastic reproductions of originals touted as latest and greatest. Branded and bloated with investor juice. Crippled with snoop-ware and pumped fat with cash in the hope the hordes will notice the new kid on the block. Throw a few celebs into the mix and every fan forced to log in is a new ‘user’. Every new user a stat, a drone plugged into a business model tried and tested for the last 6000 years. It’s no longer enough to just make money. Show me the new business models that also do good.
Maybe after ethical shopping catches on, ethical users will follow.
I am glad some ideas before their time are getting a second chance. There is even some Innovation. It’s just not yet the ‘Open Web‘ some crave for.
Take live streaming video apps for example. They’re not new. Bloggers and clued up journalists have been streaming video from mobile devices for at least 8 years.
API’s turned on and off like taps in a public loo. Platforms big enough to be utilities, change the plumbing to ensure the fastest cashflow. Login walls to view something your friend has posted. And people still see free as meaning no cost to them. This is not only what we have. It appears to be what we’ve come to expect.
I’m all for mass adoption. It shifts behaviour. Means more people who need it get a voice.
But at what cost? The 1% rule is changing. There’s a shift in the ratio of content consumers to creators. It’s just that we’re locked out of the stories we tell with our data. That’s for others to sift though and profit from.
How we can use the internet as a tool in the fight for our fundamental freedoms when commerce and advertising sit in it’s gut like a bad pill.
I feel new users have little idea of what’s going on in the background. Of what to ask for, or even that there can be other ways of doing things.
I too get that warm fuzzy feeling when a cluster of hearts float up the screen. When a ‘Like’ hits a shared moment. But why the sudden yearning for flash-in-the-pan media? Even though we now know, these ‘temporary’ posts are only temporary to some.
Perhaps we should think about those wanting to archive the moment for more than a quick endorphin fix. Maybe our cultural history, even our civil liberties depend on it. The present can be more than an anticipated memory.
I’m always keen to connect with people who feel the same way as I do about this. We have some important decisions to make.
The augmented world we’ll wear on our face will be in ‘landscape’. And it will be richer and more physical than the world we have now.
How do you want this to work, how do you want this to feel, when the internet is inside your head?