reading this article on how metastasizing corporate social media suffocated community on the internet (in particular art communities like deviantart) https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-rise-fall-internet-art-communities makes me think that—like learning html and css—learning how to set up and administer and customize your own installation of forum/community software should be considered a basic part of internet literacy
@aparrish ooof, so much to be said! DeviantArt was my first "social network" so it brings a lot of memories ;)
All places seem to go through their own Eternal September, don't they? Around 2002-2003, DA knew a large influx of furries artist, refugees from a board that recently closed, and it was already seen as something killing the "real spirit" of the website ;)
@aparrish but back to the article, I think it's also missing something about the impact of "apps" vs the old www (something kinda captured here https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/05/a-very-brief-history-of-the-last-10-years-in-technology/526767/)
Tumblr has indeed customisable themes, but I get the feeling that an increasing number of users just interact with it through the app. Apps comes with such a different type of interaction / expected convenience, and such a different mode of distribution (under the control of Apple and its store)...
@aparrish (sorry just a bunch of random thoughts. Back to work, and see you on Thursday!)
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