Mike Godwin on the early Internet.
We didn’t see these monopolies and market-dominant players coming, although we should have. Back in the 1990s, we thought that a thousand website flowers would bloom and no single company would be dominant.
I thought this too, but I was a naive bumpkin out of high school. Actually believing this, and building things based on it, are, in hindsight, a categorical mistake that will take a long time to shift away from. Also, John Perry Barlow's essay -- whether sincere or not -- about not having nation states on the Internet was remarkably naive. These early attitudes about the Internet are ones we should not think will just go away because of (good!) things like decentralization.
I found the rest of Godwin's piece worth reading, even if I don't really think he's right in other ways.
A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.