The Web and the Joys of Making Things Yourself

We live in the age of over-simplified social networks and minimalist design. In short, we've been stripped of our online indiviuality. Sure, you can set your profile picture and banner on sites like Twitter and Facebook, but really that's about it. Back in 2003, before Facebook took over MySpace, customisation was key. Every profile you clicked on was different, and was reflective on that person. On the post-Facebook web, you'd be hard pressed to find a mainstream social media which would let you have that degree of freedom. Am I here to say that not letting us have custom CSS on our profiles is Meta's way of oppressing us? No, because that's stupid.

What it is, however, is telling off where the net is going: it's bland, boring and corperate. It's a hell of a lot easier to maintain an advertisable social network when all the profiles are uniform. This is in contrast to what the Internet was originally supposed to be; fun, exciting and above all else, for us to make our own, and not to be controlled by the few big companies it is today.

Above all else, we've been stripped of the ability to make things ourselves. Instead of having a homepage, most people have an Instagram or a Twitter. Even Tumblr, which still technically lets its users have a custom profile, has hidden that feature behind settings.

The takeaway of this blog entry should be that by losing the ability to create things on the web, the web is becoming less and less community-driven, and more coperate and uniform, and that's bad because the web isn't supposed to be a closed-off technology, hidden away from the public who are only given so many option of what they can do. It's limiting to say the least. There are ways to take back the web, one of the best being the site that's hosting this site, Neocities.