Writers of the nascent internet in 1999 and late 2010’s predicted an internet that was more conversive and based on exchange than is evident in today’s world of social media and massive online commerece. The blogs, RSS feeds, and forums that seemed to dominate internet culture a decade ago have disappeared into a culture of consumption exemplified by Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. There are unexpected changes like the shift in funding creativity thanks to Kickstarter and Patreon which have revolutionized content creation. Another unexpected change is the loss of objective truth in fact and news.
- There is a large change between the infancy of online communities to its current point. There used to be more community engagement, writing, and exchange whereas now there is consumption.
- The model to fund creative enterprises has dramatically shifted in the past decade with the launch of Kickstarter, GoFundMe, and Patreon.
- The online marketplace of ideas has made the concept of objective truth much harder to grasp.
“The automation people continue to be far ahead of the conversation people.”