[FoRK] Why has the Internet changed so little?

Stephen Williams sdw at lig.net
Sun Apr 8 14:36:10 PDT 2012

On Sat Apr  7 20:40:25 2012, Tom Higgins wrote:
> Look at how Kickstarter has moved the fulcrum of money raising for
> certain projects. On the top end you have efforts like Wasteland 2
> which has raised over 2mil in pledges
> (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/inxile/wasteland-2) or the just
> announced Yogs Adventure game which has raised 113K in 24 hours
> (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/winterkewlgames/yogventures)...and
> yea I have pledged to both. I have done a few Kickstarters and shows
> me in real terms how decentralization should work.

That kind of thing is exactly my point, plus: We can all feel how 
technology, security, general knowledge / awareness / attitudes have 
continued to mature, and how creative people are able to be.  Plus, 
we're quickly shredding the big-company oligopoly on innovation, paths 
to market, and control of revenue, generally to the benefit of 
customers.  And often using big-company tools and services to compete 
with them without massive inequity, which is awesome.  Regardless of 
whether there have been comprehensive sea changes yet, we are becoming 
supercharged with potential for changes that make sense (i.e. they are 
highly competitive with the status quo).

As an added bonus, we no longer have to hear from Microsoft about how 
uncapitalistic and un-American open source, open standards, Linux, 
Java, et al are.  ;-)  We can comfortably bask in the knowledge that 
this is not a Microsoft (or IBM or government)-designed world.  We 
really should catalog the "founding fathers of the modern 
online-enabled world" in some kind of priority and chronological order. 
 The full set has a very long tail of course as we all did what we 
could, but it would be nice to put things in perspective in a coherent 
way before it is actually ancient history.  In some ways, this history 
is more important and more useful than a lot of more traditional 
history.  Tech History 101.

Similarly, the groups and companies that had the right ideas at the 
right time would be interesting to map.  Hotmail (which Microsoft 
wisely snapped up), Paypal, etc.  It would be instructive to a lot of 
people to see how it took many companies and iterations to get 
something right before it really took off (Compuserve CB 
Chat/Google Hangouts).


> -tom()higgins

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