Imagine: You and your family are sleeping innocently and one night, men with gnus burst through the door and
yes, with gnus
no, not Linux. Blue wildebeest. From southeast Africa. They point a gnu in your face and
the pointy end, yes
the one with horns on
they say 'we demand a stable population with clearly delineated migration corridors from Kenya to Tanzania or we toss you into a watering hole'
to show they mean business they toss a lion into your swimming pool
its not even your lion
“i hope your blog doesn’t end up on Hacker News because they’ll get your EXIF data and use it to come round your house and argue with you about how Google and Facebook are actually good”
It's education, or even propaganda if you will, that will pivot people's mind into owning more. Not just owning stuff, but owning their decisions, taking responsibility and learning stuff all the time. Investing time and effort into things and not just giving up to whoever offers you the shiniest thing. Thinking about hidden costs and long term effects, not just the comfort of now and then.
Those are all thing that humanity miserably sucks at on a global scale.
And it's not something that can be easily changed politically. At least not without either having inappropriately draconian regulations on all forms of internet exchange, or practically owning all online services. It's a natural easily exploitable vulnerability in the human psyche that's been there forever. When born, most of us are cared for and protected, not expected to make hard decisions, let alone bare the full consequence of them. So we cling to this comfort and search for it later.
And how obvious it is isn't even the most important thing. Cause even after explaining to people how the system works and why they get to use a social network that's valued at billions of dollars, without paying a cent for it, they still feel kind of ok with it. Most people accept that they don't want privacy or control over their lives,they just want their lives to be easy and are willing to pay anything they're asked for it.
And this is not an internet issue either. People love deferring decisions and responsibility to someone else. Until a 100 years ago or so that meant mostly willingly giving your freedom (serving to some vassal) or paying good money. You knew what you were getting either way, the deal was to an extent clearly put before you.
The internet however opened up a whole new way of "enslaving" people to "vassals", that isn't obvious at first.
Centralization is using google for all your searches or facebook for all your news. Neither of these are technologically required to be your central sources (although facebooks internet.org bullshit tried doing that to India).
But using the internet in a truly decentralized fashion is hard and requires all participants to have at least some basic entry level knowledge into how these system function on a very very high level. That's an investment that most non-techies are not willing to make.
The internet **is** free and it **is** decentralized. You can host services in many different places, you can use someone else's infrastructure, or just buy a raspberry and host a site on it literally at home. And many many people do that.
We have all the required tools for decentralization readily available to us. No tech is going to solve the issue, because the issue is not technical in its nature. There's nothing inherently centralized in our current networks. It's how we use them.
I just now got to watching the last episode of Silicon Valley and I'm really bugged by this free decentralized internet thing. It feels like a really shitty idea to push forward. The narrative of the internet not being free because of some issue in the technology is complete bullshit. The technology was created with the idea of decentralization. Yes, you still have entry nodes for some things and you still have a global DNS system, but those are just accepted norms, not technological specifics.
Nothing contradicts free markets as much as supermarkets