The history of the 'net and what's happening now

The history of the 'net and what's happening now

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Okay, my gut take on the evolution and future of the 'net was just published here at Internet Evolution. The piece focuses on the invention on the 'net by Gutenberg, and how bloggers like Martin Luther and John Locke created the killer aps of the 'net:

  • the Reformation
  • representative democracy

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While perusing your blog postings, a question came to mind that I'd like to briefly hash out here. I recently read the interview with Isabelle Boucq where it is described how the internet community democratically combats irrelevant and bogus content via a sort of popularity contest by flagging and weeding out the “bad apples”. And, of course, as pointed out in the interview, Craigslist, is true to this internet purist frame of mind. I commend you for your refreshing business ethics. Thank you for reminding us that success doesn’t have to turn the successful into a despairing Gollum seeking empty happiness in vain. You stood strong during your appearance on the John Stewart show as well – even the proposition of gilded appendages is not temptation enough to sway your decision that gross piles of cash will ensure a life of ease. But, with this said, there is some truth in the statement…“when someone throws away a half billion PER YEAR to make a point, some adult should make present management get back on their meds.” This quote was in reaction to a Wall Street Journal article about the projection that Craigslist could pull in 5 mill a year off advertising. 5 million a year isn’t bad for a company currently employing less than 30 people. You have a social conscious, which is apparent after some light perusing of you blog space causing me to wonder if you’ve ever struggled with idea of allowing ads on Craiglist, if not for profit, perhaps donating the money to a cause. Staying true to the initial purpose of the internet as a space to share information, I can see why you are not on the band wagon with the buzz surrounding web 2.0 and beyond. But I wouldn’t dismiss the fact that much of your site’s success is attributed to the stray from purely information exchange to marketing free for all. Why not use the system to further your ideals? Problems arise when tackling the burden of policing the internet, but some people, i.e. the Chicago Lawyer’s Committee, take it upon themselves to try to do so. The Chicago Lawyers Committee v. Craigslist case was quite ironic considering they were trying to stifle a free forum to protect civil rights (not to mention the same suit was lost against Roommates.com). The fact that your business was put on trial shows that Craiglist is seen, perhaps to some, as a large scale threat and not merely as a free forum online classifieds. Are you ever tempted, even a little, to sell and be the next big purchase like myspace or youtube?

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