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Author: Ian Ressa <ian@eonn.xyz>
Date:   Thu,  3 Mar 2022 12:49:38 -0500

everything I love on the internet dies!

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diff --git a/src/blog-index.md b/src/blog-index.md @@ -1,5 +1,9 @@ # blogposts +- [Everything I Love on The Internet Dies! | 03/03/2022](https://eonn.xyz/post/2022/03/03-everything-i-love-on-the-internet-dies.html) + + Did you hear Foo got bought-out by Bar? +<hr> - [Gentoo to Guix System | 02/24/2022](https://eonn.xyz/post/2022/02/24-gentoo-to-guix-system.html) Have I got the `guix` to `emerge` victorious? diff --git a/src/post/2022/03/03-everything-i-love-on-the-internet-dies.md b/src/post/2022/03/03-everything-i-love-on-the-internet-dies.md @@ -0,0 +1,27 @@ +# Everything I Love on The Internet Dies! +## 03/03/2022 + +I'm currently writing this as I'm downloading all of my music from Bandcamp in FLAC format after seeing [their recent acquisition by Epic Games, of all things](https://blog.bandcamp.com/2022/03/02/bandcamp-is-joining-epic/). +I loved Bandcamp as an independent provider of DRM-free music. +I also would have never thought they would sell-out to a tech behemoth because of their identity as a safe service for musicians to share and sell their work. +In their acquisition letter, Ethan Diamond calls Epic Games "champions for a fair and open Internet," and this is all I need to see to know this is another humdrum case of an independent project throwing themselves at gobs of cash for maximum upward velocity. +Maybe they wanted to bail for a handsome payout? +I will never know, but Bandcamp has died. +It isn't palpable to anyone who just goes to the front page without reading the news, but that's exactly the strategy. +Bandcamp will be a corpse that imitates its old self for branding while it distorts into something inconsolably separate from its identity. +Expect Bandcamp to not prioritize freedom anymore, and to see features incrementally being revoked to make it more profitable in 'The New Web.' + +But, everything I love on the internet dies, and I think it's safe to operate under the pretense that *everything you love that exists on the internet will die.* +Internet users take the services handed to them supposedly for 'free' and treat them like they're features of the internet. +The truth is that the thing you load up tomorrow could be totally different from what you saw today, and there is nothing you can do about it. +That seems like a tautology, since you don't own Bandcamp or Youtube or Reddit or whatever, but it's easy to fall into a sense of security with things that appear to have consistency. +So, see this as a reminder. +No matter how much you 'trust' an entity, and no matter how big it is, and no matter how consistent it may seem, *if you don't own it, it will die.* +Death isn't just the thing going offline. +The service doesn't have your interests in mind, and it won't hesitate to mutate itself beyond recognition when money or VC interests are in the question. +Everything you call a 'platform' or 'service' will functionally not exist in a decade. + +The internet was about a bunch of entities coming together to share. +Instead, it's turned into a bunch of entities tuning in to the same channel, under the impression that the hand that feeds them will come back. +Combat this culture by making your own website, and hosting your own things for your friends and community. +You are still free to reap the benefits of the internet yourself, and have security in the things you actually own.