Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of the web. A remarkable achievement. A marker for how much impact one person can have. Both before and after it was assumed that only big companies could make world-changing software. How wrong that idea is.
The great thing about the web is the diversity it brought about. The mistake we’ve made, 25 years later, is being so distracted by money and the appearance of engagement that we have turned that wonderful diversity machine into a monoculture.
The people we celebrate as heroes of tech are the ones who made the most money, and that money is directly proportional to the amount of diversity they destroyed. They are the opposite of heroes. They are carpetbaggers, foreclosers, stealers of the future.
Someone was generous enough to leave some money on the table, so they grabbed it. We should have seen that coming and protected it.
If we want the promise that the web gave us a glimpse of, we can have it back. The raw material of the monoculture are you and me. People. We don’t make any money from our use of the web. It can be a tool for more working-together, problem-solving and love-making.
If you have 15 minutes, please listen to a podcast I did on the subject a few days before the 25th anniversary of the web? We forgot so much that we used to know. But it’s easy to recover it. You just have to want to.
PS: In case you were wondering why there’s a picture of Kraft Parmesan Cheese in the right margin of this post.