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Simple yet powerful "state of the web" post, includes things webdevs are talking about amongst ourselves (like whether to stop developing new browser features in favor of speeding up the whole web first).

Great article that extols the benefits of the open web, from a 2015 viewpoint. Thank you for sharing.

Out of curiosity, do you use the AdBlock or Readability extensions in your browser?

Install Adblock Plus, and you can deflect most attempts to track you and display ads.

Install Readability, and you can get a cleaner view of articles you'd like to read.

Install Library Extension and your browser will automatically tell you when a book is available at your local library while you're shopping on Amazon.

I'm thinking a lot about what he had to say about monetization of websites.

As for monetization, well, that's a can of worms. More persistent web pages will help solve the problem of the continually re-downloaded 7MB of JavaScript tracking you and showing ads. But, if that stuff causes less of a drag, will we really care quite as much?

Maybe not. If performance and surveillance concerns are decoupled, we might not notice a problem. I mean, native apps track us too, and we don't seem to care. Though, I suppose the siloed nature of apps might make it a little harder to follow you everywhere you go. (I wouldn't count on that, though.)

I don't really have great ideas, here. I pay for some stuff, I don't pay for some other stuff. I'm honestly not 100% against ads, though I think we could use fewer of them.

Without an App Store as a gateway, though, the same old revenue problems persist. And still, there ain't no such thing as a free lunch. In fact, folks like Ted Nelson and Jaron Lanier have been saying for years (and decades) that the free-of-charge web is failing itself and all of us. Maybe we need a web with more robust two-way links that track provenance and distribute wealth.

(For what it's worth, I made fun of Ted Nelson and Xanadu once upon a time. But, since then I've read more about his work and realize how off base I was.)

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