Your Blogmeister’s Desk
Both Colin Flaherty and Tommy Sotomayor are in the process of leaving YouTube and doing everything on their own websites under their own domain names. As are a bunch of other big name YTers. It’s all a function of the corporate advertising accounts cracking the whip and getting the Googitburo spooked, and they’re deleting and demonetizing and blackholeing YT videos and whole channels left and right. In the specific case of Tommy Sotomayor, he has the extra grief of the black woman hen house engaging in mob and swarm tactics against his channels.
Four days ago, I made this prediction.
I think some of you somewhat misunderstood it.
I actually think the meat of my prediction is in the last sentence:
I can also easily see a “back to the future” trend for the less important internet, that it reverts to a Web 1.0 sort of personality.
What I mean by “Web 1.0 sort of personality” isn’t transfer speeds, or bandwidth, or design elements. It’s the mode of organization.
About a year and a half ago, Matt Drudge was a show-length guest on Alex Jones, and one of the things he talked about, or rather, bemoaned, was that here in the Web 2.0 era of social media, people were increasingly ghettoizing their digital lives, i.e. they were working entirely in the realm of large well-known services that are themselves businesses. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram. He contrasted that to the pre-social media era of the internet, which featured less top-down corporatism and more individual initiative, independence and responsibility.
Now do you see what I mean? More and more people are going to use the internet in a Web 1.0 sort of way out of necessity. Sure, the speed and bandwidth will get faster, the design elements will get more attractive, but the internet will return to a Web 1.0 personality in that the control will transition from corporations and big-name services back to talented individuals, and the level of interactivity will sharply decrease.