does anyone else prefer the wild west days of the internet?

in the years of the early 2000's up to 2013....those were the years when the internet was free open, uncensored, unrestricted...not regulated and you could download tons of free media -films,mp3s and music...and there was lots of obscure independent run websites around.

now all that has changed and now we have a very regulated, restricted internet...no more free downloading of media, much less independent sites around...and the internet is run by big tech giants like google who have made everything corporate and less colourful and less creative.

if you can't see this then you are a FOOL and are up the backsides of the big corporations, that or you are a sheep.

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  • 6 months ago

    Funny thing is google started in that very wild west internet. Before google search engines put highest paying sites at the top of searches, google were the first to make relevance on searches top. Sure now they add a couple of paid sites at the top above the relevant results but in those days the search was ranked by who paid most rather than relevance.

    Independent run websites are still possible. Some things are still there hanging on like newsnet but I remeber things like gopher too which afaik aren't around.

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    The old days. Messenger, AIM and Lycos chat rooms.

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    That wasn't the Wild West days. I was introduced to the internet circa 1986. That was when it was fun. We didn't have spam - I remember the very first spam that showed up, and the community response. The 1990s were the beginning of the end. The Great AOL Invasion circa 1992 was the harbinger. It brought thieves who believed that stealing was okay, who spammed everywhere, and introduced trolls. It didn't need to be regulated before those creeps came along. They brought everything crashing down.

  • 6 months ago

    Radio and TV did the same thing. When the were first introduced they were said to have great potential for spreading news and ideas, but they ended up just being owned by a few corporations who made money from advertising. FDR had a chance to reserve 1/3 of the broadcast spectrum for non-profits, but he chickened out, afraid of how news outlets would treat him. Just like everything else in the US, broadcasting became just a profit-making activity.

    But you can still download movies and MP3s and TV programs from the Internet on torrents. And tons and tons of porn!

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  • i kind of miss the days of tatty websites, MSN and Myspace and when the only way your accessed the internet through a bulky desktop computer..... when you left the house you were disconnected unless you had a really good phone that could just about get on the net....... mind you, I have a smartphone, Insta, WhatsApp and a laptop so I'm a hypocrite in that regard.

  • 6 months ago

    i probably wouldve but ive never been good about downloading stuff rnyself

  • 6 months ago

    The internet could have been the greatest invention in the history of mankind. Instead we decided to use it to blabber our dumb opinions (which nobody would give a **** about when we used to express them in person), post selfies, and make countless unfunny memes (and a handful of mildly funny ones). If there was no regulation at all, we would still make the internet terrible, because that's our nature!

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