Reading Response 5 – Lindsey Luckevich

I can’t help but be pessimistic about the future of individualism on the internet. I see the potential for Web 3.0 to become a corporate dystopia. Each user is another cog in the machine, another body hooked up to the matrix, and the corporate overlords determine what each user is capable of/has access to. I’m imagining some kind of future where everyone has a bar code attached to all their web posting and everything is monitored by either governments or corporations. I’m imagining all of this run by Gary Oldman’s character in The Fifth Element. I’m probably wrong about this. The internet is probably going to continue to be a place of relative freedom. If Web 2.0 is focused on user-generated content, Web 3.0 will focus on sociality and interaction. Call and return. Web 3.0 may not necessarily be easy to use, but it will be beautiful.

web 3.0 dystopia


where this guy knows everything about you

Anyway, I think it’s important that we, as a networked society, continue to study the intersection of the network with other facets of society. Lovink says “networks are both powerful and dissolve power” (5). Much of history is concerned with the distribution and dissolution of power. Clearly, this is important to pay attention to. How does networking shift power? What does it mean when the majority of internet users are browsing in Asia, but code is written in English?

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