Maybe it’s because I’ve been reading New Public
a lot lately, or potentially because I saw this post on Instagram
… but I can’t stop thinking about how we all relate to and trust the internet.
When the internet was first created it was primarily for use by government and for research purposes. But in the 90’s and 2000’s, the internet, as we know it today, started to be used more widely, for things like emails, e-commerce, and online forums. Later, Web 2.0 came around, which describes an approach in which websites focus on allowing users to interact and collaborate with each other. (Source: History of the Internet
So, in really not a lot of time, the internet has become a place where we learn, share, interact, make things, find things, and ultimately, spend a whole lot of our time. But in the age of misinformation and an increasing distrust in media, and often, one another… How will we move from this sense of losing control, to a more collective and engaged way of interacting with the internet? And what might a participatory mindset bring to our approaches? I won’t offer any answers but here a few resources worth sharing.