The Web We Lost

Anil Dash turned his blog post on the web we lost1 into a talk at the Berkman Center at Harvard:

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He posted a bunch of links on his blog that expand on the ideas put forth in his talk. Good stuff, all around.

  1. And which was interestingly enough really popular in the German blogosphere

Im Tal der Enttäuschungen

The Broken Promise of the Internet

The magical Internet, a platform that would allow us to interact, to reengage, to meet new people, and to choose our own path to knowledge, instead of sitting passively in front of a screen. This was the promise of the Internet. Thus far, the promise has been broken.

The (dis)Connected World Pt 1, Pt2

internet watercolours

I love the internet.

Travel Posters for Lazy People

The Rise of the New Groupthink

The one important exception to this dismal record is electronic brainstorming, where large groups outperform individuals; and the larger the group the better. The protection of the screen mitigates many problems of group work. This is why the Internet has yielded such wondrous collective creations. Marcel Proust called reading a “miracle of communication in the midst of solitude,” and that’s what the Internet is, too. It’s a place where we can be alone together — and this is precisely what gives it power.

via The Rise of the New Groupthink –

Bookmarks for December 9th

The new, new Twitter: 10 big takeaways – SplatF
"one of Twitter’s strengths has always been its willingness to design for its mainstream users at the expense of its geek users"
ray’s song ::
@sebastiankeil das Video, das Du suchst, sollte sowieso nicht auf YouTube sein.
I'll just stand here and play with the Pantone thing until I get fed.
Once Upon – today and tomorrow
“Once Upon” are three important contemporary web sites, recreated with technology and spirit of late 1997, according to the memories of Olia Lialina & Dragan Espenschied. They created a 1997 version of Google+, YouTube and facebook, all optimized for Netscape Navigator 4.03, running under Windows 95. Of course you can view them with a browser that still supports HTML Frames. I really love this little detail: the transfer speed of the server is limited to 8 kB/s («dial-up» speed).
Rogue Amoeba | Quality Audio Software for Mac OS X

Bookmarks for November 16th through November 18th

Bookmarks for June 13th through June 14th

[this is aaronland] Things I Have Written Elsewhere #1305615600
Well yes but isn’t that a bit too soon? on Twitpic
RT @codepo8: Well yes but isn't that a bit too soon?

Okay, that was not supposed to be auto-published already. Eh, well.

Bookmarks for June 12th through June 13th

Syrian lesbian blogger is revealed conclusively to be a married man | World news | The Guardian
@kyels yeah, what an ass. That last sentence made me so angry.
Nissan LEAF CARWINGS tells any RSS feed provider your current position, speed, direction, destination, etc. « Casey Halverson
Well, the Nissan LEAF is ugly as fuck, but now I kind of want one:
Infovore » Where’s @towerbridge?
I can't wait until some famous Dominik finally gets access to my account here on twitter:
On The Network
"For crying out loud, use your head, not just your mouth."
On The Network Manifesto
Derek Powazek is thinking about starting a podcast or something called “On The Network” to counter all the idiocy he hears in traditional media about the internet.

The internet is over

It was the end of day two of South by Southwest Interactive, the world’s highest-profile gathering of geeks and the venture capitalists who love them, and I’d been pursuing a policy of asking those I met, perhaps a little too aggressively, what it was exactly that they did. What is “user experience”, really? What the hell is “the gamification of healthcare”? Or “geofencing”? Or “design thinking”? Or “open source government”? What is “content strategy”? No, I mean, like, specifically?

Oliver Burkeman: SXSW 2011: The internet is over

Did anything interesting happen on the internet?

A few days ago Yesterday I asked this question on Twitter:

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And the results were bleak:

The more I think about it – what did really happen?
From my subjective point of view, not much happened at all. If the Dominik from 12 months ago would time-travel to now, there isn’t much that would shock / amaze / surprise him. No exciting new service to use, nothing really new. No jet packs, so to speak. I would not know what to answer if he asked: “Did I miss anything in the last year?”

Or am I completely missing something?

Everything you need to know about the internet.

Everything you need to know about the internet.

Everything? No. But it's a very, very good start.