The Internet has lived long enough to be the villain. The Arab spring IMO was the beginning of the end of the free and open Internet. Article 13 in the Eurozone, the Great Firewall of China and Russia nope-ing out of the global internet are only the beginnings of a massive change to the way the internet works. The Internet has become a surveillance engine that no dictator of the past dared to have wet dreams about. Privacy is all but dead. Misinformation, fear-mongering, "fake news" and blatant propaganda are winning the information war. We are losing the war against fucking measles, MEASLES!!!, of all things entirely based on the Internet mainly Youtube and Facebook. There was a time where one could say the Internet is a force for good. Not any more.
I feel like that’s gone now.
Advertising and monetization killed it. We've had this discussion previously here on Hubski.
I am now walking, briskly, toward the camp of The Internet is killing Western Civilization. Fortunately, I'll be dead soon, so you kids have fun while you can.