It is 2074. Copyright is no longer extended since rich people no longer die. All librarians are unseen outlaws building archives underground. This is their story.
@seanmwooten This is a really great point, yeah. WordPress powers a ridiculous percentage of the web, looks like around 25% per some estimates: https://venturebeat.com/2015/11/08/wordpress-now-powers-25-of-the-web/. Impossible to call it a failure, and Automattic seems to be doing well too.
@meyerini Interesting, seems they don't pay their writers though? But they do give them gifts: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quora#Top_Writers_Program
@Blackhawke Fair enough; my hope is just that we can take ethics and sustainability into account as well as short-term gain. Anil Dash has some great thoughts on this: https://onbeing.org/programs/anil-dash-techs-moral-reckoning/
OK apparently the Juicero was originally $700. It truly is the end times: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/03/business/juicero-juice-system-silicon-valley-interest.html
And yes there is a bubble, and if the $400 juice machine isn't the peak then I am terrified to find out what is
What nobody told you about the tech bubble: as the pressure rises to pay back investors on the millions they pumped in, the strategy shifts from: "haha try our hip social networking app, teens! yolo harambe dog filters" to "haha hey you're hip, don't you want to shop at the Gap Old Navy Forever 21 please click all these ads also we've learned your underwear size through tracking"
And instead of being built by a community of volunteers, Wikipedia articles would be written by low-wage "contractors" with no benefits and no upward mobility. Good lord, someone in Silicon Valley is going to try to "disrupt" Wikipedia aren't they
If Wikipedia had become a "success" per Silicon Valley standards, it would be full of ads and sponsored content, and instead of bugging you to donate every year, it would be bugging you to try Mentos, the freshmaker and sponsor of this article on dental hygiene
It's almost as if tech journalists do the bare minimum of research before moving on to the next topic. Or that the tech industry has become so focused on chasing giant piles of money that nobody can remember a time when true successes on the internet were achieved by hobbyists working on passion projects with no regard for how much money they might make
Still more tech journalism on Mastodon: "Mastodon cannot survive with such a silly name. It needs a more serious and business-friendly name, such as Google, Yahoo, or Hulu."