Reading Response 2: The Web We Lost

I know very little about the things that we missed about web over the years. My first memory of getting access to Internet or website is visiting internet café and waiting in lines and when you finally get a computer, you print out your email. Because back then we had to pay per minute to use Internet. And a slow system and slow Internet meant, you end up paying more. Fast forward today, we have Internet access and thousands of websites and blogs to explore round the clock.

But then yearning for yesteryears is only a wishful thinking. Change is inevitable. With all the drawbacks or the lost of “core values” or the “civic mindedness” of those times, web of today has come a long way. As one of the ads I frequently see on public avenues says it all: in the past just having a website is a smart thing and today it’s about how smart your website is.”

So reading Anil Dash’s web article invoked a mixed reaction in me. Today with increasing users, the web demand has multiplied and with it the demands for more web sophistication and the amount of labor that is needed to make a smart website with multiple functionality. Today owning a blog and website is so much more accessible, ten years ago it was possible for a small community of web savvy people.

This, however, doesn’t discard all the civic mindedness or the core values of the web that the writer Anil Dash is calling for or at least remind us to be mindful of. All is still not lost. And the good part is it is still evolving – and we don’t know what future holds for it.