Over a week ago I read this article by Cory Doctorow and it sparked a cascade of neurons that have been tickled over the past few years.
It was a short hop from that article, to the state of the IndieWeb, to realising what a shit-show the whole social-media world has become. The IndieWeb and its principles were the solution I didn’t know I needed - I want to get back to blogging in my own place, with my own identity like it was in the early Internet.
I like to write and I’d like to get better at it, but if you think you have to come up with something profound it’s a great excuse to procrastinate.
Twitter is quick and ok for random shower-thoughts, but not for anything meatier.
Google+ used to be a good middle ground. There were less restrictions on length so your post could have a heading, and some formatting so it looked nice.
I saw an article today called Kids Can’t Use Computers… And This Is Why It Should Worry You and it bugged me so much I had to respond at length.
I agree with some of it, but the general theme is “you don’t understand computers and I do, so you’re stupid”. There are (currently) 800 or more comments and growing so I assume it has gained some traction.
It’s written by a Computing teacher who is frustrated by people who come to him for help.