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There's too much clutter on 'Net and it's hard to find anything - I agree totally. I believe we will see 'Net cleaning up in years to come - not through government intervention, but through market forces. In meantime, think about this - when you first drove a car, did you know how to drive it? No, you had to learn. The Internet is same deal, learn how to use it properly and it will serve you well. Like in driving, Internet is full of obstacles. As we learn to drive, we acquire knowledge of avoiding those obstacles to assist us in arriving at our destination safely.
Our inboxes are full of spam - Go check your letter box, or turn on T.V. Much same there. We have free-to-air T.V. because of advertising. Public T.V. is usually paid for from pockets of taxpayers. Spam mail can be minimised, learn to drive "the car" and you'll find out how. There are some articles on our site regarding spam reporting.
While I condone web advertising, I do believe we need to become more responsible in how we advertise. Scumvertising is out - responsible representation is in. Consumers are not stupid, and while they may be bitten once or twice, they learn.. and they remember!
I have heard many misquote about original intentions of Internet. The fact is that it was a cold war initiative - a computer network designed to survive a nuclear attack. The World Wide Web which sits on top of Internet was not designed to be a free show. In words of Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of World Wide Web, from his book entitled "Weaving Web":
"Buying books from Amazon.com and stocks from E-trade is not all there is to Web. Neither is Web some idealised space where we must remove our shoes, eat only fallen fruit, and eschew commercialism."
The intention of Web was never (as some have romanticised and I originally thought myself) to be a free ride. The fact that I can obtain information I need and communicate with others 24/7, partially subsidised by me viewing annoying ads, is a small price to pay for world it has opened up.
And remember, governments don't run countries - big business does.
So, in answer to "What happened to World Wide Web?"....
We happened... - We are all consumers of products of this money driven world..... - It is up to us to change face of Internet.............. - But first we'll need to change world.
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