I think that a lot of early internet stuff like Geocities was (and is) actually very conceptually sound. Mostly, the issue was being corporate-run when nobody knew what the hell to actually use the internet for. FOSS riffs like Neocities aren't just appealing because of retro nostalgia. They actually function and don't feel like everything everyone hates about commercial social media and Reddit.
Mostly these "web 1.0" concepts are considered "dead" because they don't lend themselves to the horrible abuses of analytics and data sales that we've come to accept from the likes of FB, and to a lesser, more incompetent degree, Twitter. They use an old model of advertising-as-support. They use a model which, not incidentally, could be easily replaced with existing crowdfunding platforms.
@jankoekepan KIA was still up last I checked.
@jankoekepan Absolutely nothing, besides the fact that they tend to be terrible people who can't cooperate. Look at that happened with the Traditionalist Worker Party leadership. There are tons of terrible Mastodon instances, for example. Which we all instance-block and never think about again. Then they gutter out into one or two people posting about being cool for school all day.
@jankoekepan And KIA, the gamergate subreddit, is in fact still up. The message there is that fascism is fine as long as you sufficiently wrap it up in fetishized culture war.
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