World Wide Web Theory
I've seen a lot of interesting content on the internet that slots into a loose category I would like to call: "unique things that happen when human monkey brains collide with instantaneous information or communication." Below are all the things that seem to fit this category that I want to share with my fellow netizens. Plus some random internetsting things.
The History Of The Web
The Secret History of the Internet (WVFRM Podcast)
1000 True Fans
Cunningham's Law
Filter Bubble
Context Collapse
From context collapse to content collapse (ROUGH TYPE) [HN]
How platforms turn boring (The Verge)
Why We Use “lol” So Much (VICE)
Social media is doomed to die (The Verge)
Stop Trying to Make Social Networks Succeed (Ploum) [HN]
Let The Internet Be Grimy (Tedium)
A glitch in the SEO matrix
"Contrarian Dynamic" [More]
Expected Value of a Thread
Yesterweb Summary
The Toxoplasma of Rage (Slate Star Codex)
Cybergeddon: Why the Internet could be the next “failed state” (Ars Technica)
As internet forums die off, finding community can be harder than ever (Engadget) [HN]
Google Search Is Dying (DKB)
The Open Secret of Google Search (The Atlantic)
Mastodon—and the pros and cons of moving beyond Big Tech gatekeepers (Ars Technica)
Mastodon: a partial history (The Nexus Of Privacy)
Why Would Anyone Use Another Centralized Social Media Service After This? (Techdirt)
Why did the #TwitterMigration fail? (Bloonface's blog)
The New Governers: The People, Rules, And Processes Governing Online Speech (Free Speech & Online Moderation Whitepaper)
Protocols, Not Platforms: A Technological Approach to Free Speech
Decentralizing Content Moderation (Techdirt Podcast)
Why Moderating Content Actually Does More To Support The Principles Of Free Speech (Techdirt)
Censorship By Weaponizing Free Speech: Rethinking How The Marketplace Of Ideas Works (Techdirt)
Hello! You've Been Referred Here Because You're Wrong About Section 230 Of The Communications Decency Act (Techdirt)
Masnick's Impossibility Theorem: Content Moderation At Scale Is Impossible To Do Well (Techdirt)
Rules for thee but not for me - Internet purity culture (cabbage sorter)
A Group Is Its Own Worst Enemy (Clay Shirky)
Power Laws, Weblogs, and Inequality (Clay Shirky)
Group as User: Flaming and the Design of Social Software (Clay Shirky)
Predatory Community (Molly White)
The Pot-Belly of Ignorance (
Inside the secret, often bizarre world that decides what porn you see (Financial Times) [Archive]
Why “Go Nuts, Show Nuts” Doesn’t Work in 2022 [Tumblr Porn] (Matt Mullenweg)
Making Sense of VRChat, the "Metaverse" People Actually Like (YouTube - People Make Games)
Identity, Gender, and VRChat (Why is everyone in VR an anime girl?) (YouTube - Straszfilms)
Here's Why VRChat is the New (Old) Internet (YouTube - Straszfilms)
Graffiti from Ancient Pompeii
Neocities and a Lack of Passion (mariteaux)
Nostalgiamining vs Forging the Future (mariteaux)
The Impersonal Web (GOODMODE)
The Internet With A Human Face (Idle Words) [HN]
The Never-Ending Now (David Perell)
The tail of the internet is long, and the bottom of the barrel is deep. (HN Comment)
The online free speech debate is raging in fan fiction, too (The Verge)
The threat facing online comments (Financial Times)
The Decay of Twitter (The Atlantic)
The End of the Internet Dream (Jennifer Granick) [HN]
Addicted to Distraction (NYT Opinion)
The secret rules of the internet (The Verge) [HN]
How I Deal With Harassment, Abuse, and Crazies In General (Jeff Vogel)
Off the grid (Stephen Fry) [HN]
What I Learned From My Time at TiA (/r/TheoryOfReddit)
Because Reading is Fundamental (Coding Horror)
The Dark Sides of Our Digital Self (The Emotion Machine) [HN]
Frozen peaches, sour grapes (Fuzzy Notepad)
The Social-Network Illusion That Tricks Your Mind (MIT Technology Review)
The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed (WIRED)
Five Things You Notice When You Quit the News (
Would the Internet Be Healthier Without 'Like' Counts? (WIRED)
How Algorithms Are Changing What We Read Online (The Walrus)
Is Facebook A Structural Threat To Free Society? (TruthHawk)
Ask HN: Has attracting a blog audience become harder? (HN Comments)
How Web Forums Make Neuroticism Viral (TruthHawk)
This Is How Your Fear and Outrage Are Being Sold for Profit (
The Attention Game (David Perell)
We Can Fix This F*cking Mess. (Newco Shift)
The Professional Sharer (CGP Grey)
With teen mental health deteriorating over five years, there’s a likely culprit (The Conversation)
Use the internet, not just companies. (Derek Sivers)
Tell HN: I miss the old internet (HN Comments)
The recent rise of subs dedicated to ridiculing people (/r/TheoryOfReddit)
I've regained a lot of mental peace once I quit Instagram. (HN Comment)
How to Design Social Systems (Without Causing Depression and War) (
The Twitch streamers who spend years broadcasting to no one (The Verge) [HN]
Why YouTubers are feeling the burn (The Guardian)
How do you view your participation on the Internet? (Tildes)
They Have To Be Monsters (Coding Horror)
Will Google’s homepage news feed repeat Facebook’s mistakes? (The Verge)
How Everyone Lost Their Mind… Except you (
Goodbye, EdgeHTML (Mozilla Blog)
RIP Culture War Thread (Slate Star Codex)
In Mod We Trust (Slate Star Codex)
Moot Reflects On 11 Years Running 4chan, The Web’s Wild West (TechCrunch)
Faceless Together (kazerad.tumblr)
Always Own Your Platform
The internet is an SEO landfill
The Dirty Business of Hosting Hate Online (Gizmodo)
Advertising is a cancer on society (Jacek Złydach)
Hidden Networks: Network Effects That Don’t Look Like Network Effects (a16z)
The Lonely Work of Moderating Hacker News (New Yorker)
The Internet's Old Guard (Jay Graber)
Chatting in Secret While We’re All Being Watched (The Intercept)
On ‘Island’ in Russian Arctic, Arrival of Fast Internet Shakes Political Calm (NYT)
Make Frontend Shit Again
The new dot com bubble is here: it’s called online advertising (The Correspondent)
The Google Squeeze (Ben Thompson)
Reflections: The ecosystem is moving (Signal Blog)
Nothing Fails Like Success (Jeffrey Zeldman)
Into the Personal-Website-Verse (Matthias Ott) [HN]
I wrote 1 blog post every day for 2 years. Here's 5 things I learned about SEO
The Kremlin is notorious for global meddling online. But controlling cyberspace at home has been trickier. (Washington Post)
Knuth versus Email (Guy who used email for 15 years and quit... in 1990)
11 Reasons Not to Become Famous (Tim Ferris)
Most of What You Read on the Internet is Written by Insane People (/r/SlateStarCodex) [HN]
The Side Effects of an Unfinished Internet (Neil Patil)
Did the Early Internet Activists Blow It? (Mike Godwin)
Against an Increasingly User-Hostile Web
Rediscovering the Small Web [HN]
If I could bring one thing back to the internet it would be blogs (TTTThis)
Blogging is not dead (Guillermo Garron) [HN]
Spotify wants to become the go-to for podcasts. Creators and audiences should worry. (Hank Green)
Status as a Service (StaaS)
dorking (how to find anything on the Internet)
The Shape Of The Machine
Web by Google (TM) (Alan Gibson)
Hunting the Nearly-Invisible Personal Website (Cheapskate's Guide)
Lain Thought on End-To-End Encryption with AP Characteristics for a New Era
Zooko's triangle
Minitel: The Online World France Built Before the Web (IEEE Spectrum)
We're building a dystopia just to make people click on ads (YouTube - TED Talks)
They Became What They Beheld: Medium, Message, Youtubery (YouTube - Vihart)
Geeks, MOPs, and sociopaths in subculture evolution (Meaningness)
The Ever-Mutating Life of Tumblr Dot Com (Fansplaining)
What is Social Cooling? (Reason and Meaning)
Moxie Marlinspike On Decentralization (DSHR)
The Web Is Fucked
Cliff Stoll talk about computers and the internet (Youtube)