go back to the hallways
Web Goals and Internet Stuff
read the previous reflections here!
The notebook unfolded itself into a rigid wooden door held up on its own, that was intact, but looked like it had been in existence for many, many years.
Curious, you opened the door and found yourself in a plain, spacious, concrete room. Walls unpainted and ceiling bare. Windows giving you a view of the outside, a landscape you vaguely know or perhaps seen in your childhood. It makes your head spin trying to recall the memory.
You focus yourself on the interiors instead. You find wood, construction supplies, paint, and decoratives all over, covered by a layer of dust and debris. There were names lazily spray painted onto the walls. Whether it had been an abandoned space, once loved and lived in, or a construction site for something yet to happen is unknown to you. Maybe both?
You walk around, your steps echoing ever so slightly, and then quieting down. You reach a sort of table, maybe not a table but more of a hastily made construction made out of wooden planks that looks like you could place something on it. You find papers on top. Construction plans, resources and receipts, and letters from people, detailing their want to ge back to how spaces were - or maybe their wishes to rebuild.
Why and What I'm Doing to Keep The Old, Personal Web Alive
And stuff you can do too, to keep it alive!
Making a personal website/space! I think that the web needs more room for self expression and creation. And not just in the "posting on social media" sense. Personal websites have a special personal touch to them, being able to cutomize everything from layout to colors to font.
Actually interacting with people, artists, webmasters, and communities! Today's internet is filled with impersonal "social" media designed to keep you scrolling, but not actually interacting meaningfully with other people.
Take the time to make a social connection, such as leaving nice comments on guestbooks, posts, ask boxes, chatboxes, even email!
Limiting time on social media. It's not unheard of that social media is bad for you.
While it's unrealistic to try to completely abandon social media, recognizing what makes them addicting to go to and knowing how to work around those issues is possible. I have links below, like Reclaim your space and attention and Sharing and Interaction for further reading and links on those topics.
Share stuff I like, right here, for people to find and share themselves, instead of letting The Algorithmstm and The Feedtm to do it. Generally, the internet has turned into something that wastes your time, attention and space. There are ads on almost every website and page, and search engine results show you the same quick ad-filled pages every time. "Content" is shown to you based on algorithms that track what you look at and click and tailor them to only what the algorithm concludes that you want to see.
Why not break those little contained spheres of content by sharing what you like on your own website, and surfing the web without the aid of any tracking algorithms?
Creation and Expression
- Let's bring Fan Sites and webrings back!
- i think the reason i like tumblr so much is that it really emulates a piece of what...
Sharing and Interaction
- tips for people who wanna compliment artists on their drawings from things i learned in class critiques
- commenting on fanfiction/fiction
- artists vs social media
Explore the Internet as it was originally meant to be
- I’m pretty convinced that Google is going to be completely useless as a search engine within the next couple of years... - tumblr post with useful info on categorizing, curating, searching, and archiving information
- rss feeds and why you should use them
reclaim your space and attention
- death to bullshit - blog
- the age of social media: a reading list
- write plain text files | plain text
- digital wellbeing resource page
- Good firefox extensions
- always own your platform
- Your attention didn’t collapse. It was stolen
Keep the Web free
- make free stuff
- say no to web3
- web3 is going just great
- designing more sustainable websites
- It’s the Billionaires’ Internet, and We’re Just Posting on It
- W3b.0 is trash, but so is Web 2.0