>>311207>You do realize that regardless of whether social media exists nowadays or not,
Social media existed and was ubiquitous in the '00s too. Like really it started in the '90s I'm pretty sure.
I'm not obsessed with le TRVE free internet,
I mostly just like stuff being less centralized and more customizable. Like a couple years ago most browsers straight up started blocking flash completely, and they're only now slowly
moving the absolute biggest flash pieces to an updated version. There were thousands of independent animations, elaborate free in-browser games, and even MMORPGs that were just straight up lost in the time between without any real alternative… and it's become more difficult to create interactive web content as well, and most online gaming now seems to be going through STEAM which, you know, is just one company.
Reddit, Twitter, and FB were all around in the '00s, there just were more active alternatives to them
as well. Also more of those weren't so gray and drab - Myspace, YouTube, etc. all had more options then for customization than the big sites do today. Like there's Spacehey, now, and it's neat not because it's "retro,"
but because you can actually fuck with the code on your page and just freely add anyone you want.
This stuff really isn't just all relative,
it's been shifting towards a more centralized model for a while and there are reasons for that. Facebook being in bed with dataminers (this was a big ethical scandal in the '00s but people stopped caring) and intelligence as well as their setting a precedent for putting social media sites
on the stock market has kind of reduced the amount of effort they have to put in to keep their market dominance. When you have a whole bunch of speculative liquid capital coming in just 'cuz you exist, you don't really have to bother with maintenance on the user end as much. For a massive site, FB is full of internal deadlinks and non-answers about valid questions.
On top of that stuff, we're at a pretty precarious point in history too, at least in the US. Biden's FCC still
hasn't restored net neutrality policies, which means in future admins ISPs could be used as means for private censorship. During the Trump administration, SESTA/FOSTA also passed, which created a massive chilling effect where sites became afraid to allow hookup classifieds and discussions of sex work. In the EU, article 13 passed which imposed new filtering rules on sites in order to protect the IP of massive corporations. What you get are increasing excuses to censor, and uncensored it's a very valuable resource. I don't claim it's "liberating" or whatever, but it is
like having a potentially unlimited library in every home where you can also communicate with people around the world about anything. What I don't like seeing is increasingly frivolous limits imposed on it. Unlimited it's not going to lead to revolution - revolution takes work
- but neither is indoor plumbing. When the water's full of lead and you can't drink it, that's a step in the wrong direction.