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Marco Arment on Reversing the Web’s Progress

In a short post, Marco Arment writes on the importance of owning your online identity. But first he reflects on web backsliding:

 

It’s interesting that so much online publishing is moving into a small handful of massive, closed, proprietary networks after being so distributed and diverse during the big boom of blogs and RSS almost a decade ago.

In many ways, we’re better off now: publishing online is far easier, less time-consuming, and more accessible than it has ever been, which has brought content, voices, and consumers online that wouldn’t have been otherwise.

But all of these proprietary networks that want to own and hold in your content are reversing much of the web’s progress in some other areas, such as the durability and quality of online identity.

Definitely worth a look. The balkanization of the web is a growing problem. 

Reihan Salam is president of the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of National Review.

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