13 Jan '14, 8am

Nothing Happening But The End Of The World

One of the most important changes in the Web over the last ten years is that conversation's moved from private email, community email lists, and writer-owned blogs into various corrals and golden cages. If you were writing code in 2006, particularly "cutting edge" code like Rails apps (at the time), you remember how blogs were the new documentation, and all the dev community interaction took place in IRC or on email lists. I always felt embarassed that my blog lived on Blogspot, but the point's moot today. For new projects forming now, the information all sits on StackOverflow, GitHub, or Twitter -- or in personally-published ebooks . The Web we lost was a temporary autonomous zone , and like all temporary autonomous zones , it provided an illusion of utopian anarchy wrapped within a coccoon of privilege . Speaking of privilege-induced misperceptions, the tech press seems ...

Full article: http://gilesbowkett.blogspot.com/2014/01/nothing-happenin...

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