World Wide Web is 30 today! Has it matured?

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Source: https://www.google.com/doodles/30th-anniversary-of-the-world-wide-web

The Web would soon revolutionize life as we know it, ushering in the information age. Today, there are nearly 2 billion websites online. Whether you use it for email, homework, gaming, or checking out videos of cute puppies, chances are you can’t imagine life without the Web.

Not to be confused with the internet, which had been evolving since the 1960s, the World Wide Web is an online application built upon innovations like HTML language, URL “addresses,” and hypertext transfer protocol, or HTTP. The Web has also become a decentralized community, founded on principles of universality, consensus, and bottom-up design.

“There are very few innovations that have truly changed everything,” said Jeff Jaffe, CEO of the World Wide Web Consortium. “The Web is the most impactful innovation of our time.”

Happy 30th Anniversary to the World Wide Web!
We are now in the most difficult era of the world wide web, in terms of censorship, the immaturity of social media and social politics, the rise of online dating and other normalisation of digital services. For the young me, the internet was a frontier of discovery. Easy to wander in the unbeaten tracks of the strange and macabre. Over time, it has become more professionalised as certain area's needed to be but the rawness and honesty of it has largely been lost. The weaponisation of online mobs, advertisements and chasing the pop culture equivalent of the dot.com boom has turned me off it more and more.

I tend to use it now for stackoverflow, neoGAF, football fansite, BBC, Indie, and SME video's on youtube, pluralsights as well I guess.
 
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The internet is one of those things where it started with noble goals but the law of unintended consequences dictated that it should have unintended consequences. It was designed by engineers for engineers, with perhaps a failure to understand social impacts. That said, it was designed for computers, and had it stayed that way I think the situation would not have been so bad, but the arrival of the smart phone as a consumption device with limited input capabilities along with the arrival of social media turned the web into the turd we see before us today.
 
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The internet has given us some amazing images over the years.







And tubgirl.
The internet of the 2000s is going to down in history like the wild west, the jazz age, the summer of love and Studio 54.

Brief, glorious moments where people were totally free to laugh, have a good time and just enjoy pure unadulterated freedom., before the power that be came along and cracked down on it.

It's just kind of incredible to think of something so incredible, a free internet, lasting only a little over a decade.
 
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Now I feel old. I thought, 30 years? It can't be that old... but then I did the math. I guess I've been surfing the web for about 26 or 27 years now. First time I saw the web was as an intern system admin during high school. No search engines. No colored backgrounds or text. We had the blink tag and thought image maps were going to change everything. The web wasn't brand spanking new, but Mosaic was, so it was new to most people. The www was about 15 websites (one of them was this terrible Doctor Fun webcomic). Holy crap, I'm old.
 
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Internet was pretty cool. It’s matured in that it’s gone mainstream and is big money. It’s matured in that real news channels spend a lot of time reporting what PizzaDank420 thinks about what some celebrity said.

Sadly it is way more coporate. Thinking back to the BBS days and you had your pirate scenes but also you had demo scenes and art scenes. Tumblr is in that spirit but again way too enthrall with corporate IPs.

I don’t miss the slow access and shitty Geocities Tripod websites even though I used to run them. I still remember encoding Beatles bootlegs with RealMedia thank god the MP3 took over the world.

I do miss being able to argue about Star Wars without it being labeled a toxic manchild (I don’t remember this term even existing until well past the 2000s) but that’s on people. The internet has gotten better it’s people that have gotten stupider & meaner
 
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As much as I enjoy the internet, I also remember how awesome things were before it became a common household (or handheld) convenience.

Times were simpler back then. We were so young...so innocent...

The biggest threat to society these days is not really the internet but rather social media who has toxicated the complete atmosphere of our society. There is no real conversation possible anymore. Everything has become extreme. Social media has killed the middle ground the rationality of our society. IMO.

The internet otherwise is awesome and of course for porn^^
 
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The internet has gotten better it’s people that have gotten stupider & meaner
I would argue that it's not so much that people have gotten stupider and meaner (this may or may not be true, but it's not the key factor) but rather the range of people to whom internet access is available has widened to encompass more of the stupid. In the early days the internet was mostly full of pretty smart people because you had to be pretty savvy to get the fucking thing to work. Now any moron with a phone can post anything online and.. yeah here we are.
 
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The internet was once like holding a flashlight, exploring a vast subterranean world of chat rooms, hobbyist fansites, buying random things from around the world on eBay, playing Flash games, all while hoping to find some porn while you were at it. There were trolls hiding in dark corners but we were shoulder-to-shoulder with other explorers of this same territory.

The internet is no longer like holding a flashlight in an underground cave. The internet is now like a guided tour of North Korea as documented in the historical film The Interview by Seth Rogan and James Franco. The totalitarian rulers of this internet country (Google, Facebook, Twitter) will show you a Disneyland of interconnected apps and friend-lists and the ability to stay informed of all the important political opinions and events. It comes at the cost of your ability to think rationally, unfortunately.

But more people are realizing the fruits are fake:

 
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Why does everyone keep saying “the Internet” it’s rhe World Wide Web thar turned 30 today. The internet is far older than 30 years isn’t it? It even says so in OP’s post.
Cool it, grandma. Everyone I know growing up and every denizen of the internet has called the 'world wide web' the internet since forever.
 
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As much as I enjoy the internet, I also remember how awesome things were before it became a common household (or handheld) convenience.

Times were simpler back then. We were so young...so innocent...

The internet used to be a paradise for nerds.

In the 2000s mainstream American culture was already pretty fucking stupid, think Paris Hilton washing a car while eating a hamburger and the internet was like an oasis from the mainstream.

Then all the normies showed up and of course ruined it
 
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The really early days of sleeping over at my friend's house and staying up all night in the basement on that old ass Apple computer will never be forgotten. Looking up pictures of nude celebrities and having no idea that it was possible to fake them, and each picture taking minutes to load. Good times.
 
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They're still trying to make ad revenue models work, that doesn't seem like progress to me.
That's one of the fundamental problems. Something like BAT or TUBE (cryptos - google them) is in my opinion the answer, but it may be too late now everyone's used to getting everything free.
 

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The modern internet is too homogenized and corporate for my taste. I miss when people would just make their own website instead of using some pre-existing platform like YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, etc.. Finding truly unique or outright weird stuff is way harder now, and the internet is a lot less fun as a result. =(
 
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The biggest threat to society these days is not really the internet but rather social media who has toxicated the complete atmosphere of our society. There is no real conversation possible anymore. Everything has become extreme. Social media has killed the middle ground the rationality of our society. IMO.

The internet otherwise is awesome and of course for porn^^
My question is, did it toxicate, or did it expose?

I mean, when a guy gets stuck in a revolving door because they were too distracted on their phone to know their rolling luggage couldn't fit.

Or the lady who slid down a case of icey subway stairs because she needed to get that last text thru...

Take a look at people's actual physical behavior in public on their phones. Back in the day, we simply did not have the tools, but we were the same people, no? Just a bit more advanced and efficient at it.

The internet is like this keyboard. I have to type it. And I can choose to hit enter, or not.
 
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The other day I saw a guy lighting his fart on fire right before his cat jumped across the screen, resulting in the cat getting lit on fire. It might not have been the most mature thing I ever saw, but it was damn funny (and I love cats).
 
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The modern internet is too homogenized and corporate for my taste. I miss when people would just make their own website instead of using some pre-existing platform like YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, etc.. Finding truly unique or outright weird stuff is way harder now, and the internet is a lot less fun as a result. =(
https://neocities.org/activity
 

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Nope, the revolution to improve the nets source never happened and the last 30 years has been stacking things on tp of fragile infrastructure.

The net is still a series of tubes, and a well-placed natural disaster or some crazy maniac can cut off 90=% of the net from the world in less than an hour. Eventually it's just going to collapse on itself.

Social media has also gotten worse, back in the 90's till early 2000's improvements meant you could do things more easily while having more ways to do things, and more options in general. Same with other web programs/apps. The last 10 years it switched rapidly to giving people less options by cutting them, and oversimplifying things using terms like "intuitive" and "comprehensive" this now the web makes people dumber, not smarter, and we "improvements" result in us being able to do less than before.

At the source the net is a giant mess that's about to collapse.

On the SURFACE however, it seems to most people not paying attention better than ever. It's definitely not as clunky and things move more smoothly than 10 years ago and especially 20 years ago.
 
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Yup! I've fiddled around with NeoCities. It's an oasis away from all the corporate nonsense that has overtaken the internet. I hope more places like that crop up and give people more control of their creativity.
Someone put me onto it last year and I really like flicking through the updates. Found some odd and cool stuff. One day I might put something of my own up but for now I follow a few sites and share the link. Hopefully more people will see the benefits of putting together a more personalised site to go alongside all the other stuff.

I remember when MySpace was the big thing, those profiles pages were more customisable than ones now. People made themes and backgrounds and passed the code onto others. It's really moved backwards over time.
 

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Netscape, ICQ, AIM, AOL, BBS, 14k, 56k, RealMedia player, LimeWire, Kazaa, FTP, Mosaic, geocities, Search Engine optimization, ask Jeeves.

If these ring a bell congratulations you were there for the birth of the World Wide Web.

Its fun to wax nostalgic about the old net, but if I transported any of y'all to that era we would all be pulling our hair out with how crappy the web is. It might as well been hieroglyphics back then.
 
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real revolution will be with bcis, as that will allow the brain to connect directly to the internet and sample possible worlds ala holodeck within the mind, merely by closing one's eyes.

It is possible the brain itself is already connected in some manner of way at some level to an external network, a spacetime network, a sea of dreams, a web of connections, perhaps through some mysterious ways this might generate true random behavior.