I wrote a small thing, a thing with a hopeful message.

"The Web Endures"

@staticsafe thanks for this. its easy to get lost in the hypothetical dystopia that everybody (including myself) fears is approaching

@staticsafe Beautiful piece! I couldn't agree more. Tiny, super creative communities are flourishing, it's up to those of us who care to help them thrive and grow.

@feoh @staticsafe As someone who's been stubbornly keeping a webforum alive against the odds & the tide for the past decade - yes, all of the above!

@JubalBarca @staticsafe Very cool what kind of forum? Those are making a comeback because of things like Discourse.

@feoh @staticsafe Kind in terms of topic matter or software? Topic-wise, originally mostly game modding, these days a mix of indie game dev, tiny bit of modding, some other misc geeky projects & an eclectic articles section. It's run democratically & collectively owned by a core of voting members. :)

Techwise, we use Simple Machines, which is a bit cranky but does the job and we're so short on staff that I'm covering the tech role which is not ideal.

( if you want a look)

@staticsafe I *love* Neocities, and discovering it filled me with a lot of nostalgia and hope. Thanks for this post; we should remember to look on the bright side.

@nolan yep, I saw the post by Dave Rupert you shared earlier and was reminded of Neocities, Mastodon, WordPress etc.

The Internet (and by extension, the Web) is a technology of peace that was literally built for war. It is designed to survive the most devastating cataclysms nature and humanity has to offer. Whatever may happen to one of our "tubes", we have the whole "series" of them on the backup. And if not... Well, we'll just build us some more.
As long as people of the Net stay devited to the Net, we can survive anything.

@staticsafe Shit. A typo. *devoted of course.
Mastodon really needs an edit button. May be with an edit history or a simple notice "edited", of course, but still.

@staticsafe i would like more masto people on lobsters and vice versa.

@cooler_ranch @staticsafe

haha, I bumped into this on, opened it in a new tab, switched to mastodon and found out you wrote it Sadiq. I love intertwining communities!


Mastodon makes me so hopeful.
I hope IPFS becomes a bigger protocol too.

Not sure what we can do to limit this meaningfully outside of changing existing laws that apply to trusts to apply to these giants.

@cooler_ranch @staticsafe I would like to be used more widely, probably as a building block in a lot of different software.

@staticsafe Thank you. I really need this kind of hope.
I actually did fall into despair over that talk. But you're right, it's no good. Let's work for positive change instead. :)

@NerdResa @staticsafe TBH I think the web looks "worse" if you only view it mostly in English (this is fair enough if you haven't been fortunate enough to learn other languages).

I see a lot more "independent" non ad funded web projects similar to 1980s hacker ethos in German, Dutch and French and also on subjects like amateur radio and electronics and sites that have existed since 1990s but are still being maintained.

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