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as a millennial I have fond memories of early internet
originally posted by: nonspecific
I think the reason most people online seem devoid of all personality is because most people are.
10-15 years ago not everyone was online and it was mostly the freeks geeks and somewhat uniques that were on the train.
Now every numbnuts with a smartphone is bleating and repeating and it's awful.
a reply to: otie1
originally posted by: otie1
Do you remember when the internet wasn't dominated by 4 or 5 large media companies?
I do. And as a millennial I have fond memories of early internet. The endless niche messageboards and personalized websites hosted on angelfire and the like.
It seems as if nobody runs personal websites anymore. And those who do receive such little traffic or no traffic at all.
Social media used to be an engaging tool to share interests and keep up with friends. Lately most large sites like FB have turned into cesspools of parroted talking points and companies tracking your every move in attempt to sell personalized services/goods.
Even the people you encounter online seem generic and devoid of original thought. I frequent alot of forums and comment sections and at a glance it would appear most posters are bot accounts. Are we engaging with a bot majority? Is the Internet even hooked up to the outside world or are we only engaging with our closest friends and family in a virtual world mainly exclusively populated by AI Bots?
It seems as if information and entertainment online has been condensed so much that older information and links can no longer be accessed. Even Google itself has reduced its overall depth of searching.
Imagine everything we see online is filtered and catered to your wants and likes. We only interact with clever bots who influence our political beliefs and try to sell us products.
Imagine the whole landscape is empty except at a surface level. The quality and quantity of information and opinions has been censored or removed.
What say yee, good folk of ATS?