People have written a lot of touchy-feely pieces on this subject but I thought I’d get right to the heart of the matter
No, Tumblr, I do not want any of your recommendations. And I really do not want any of your ads.
There’s still good content here, but this commercial junk is harshing my groove, man.
The web feels kind of like Detroit these days, if you replace burned out buildings with adver-monetarial-brand-ism. Hard to see the good for all the bad.
We should start doing the web equivalent of urban farming. Reclaim this space. Rebuild the good stuff. You know, on our own sites, with our own stuff, and no ads. We could even set up some artisanal web rings, just like we did in the olden days.
Before saying a word, he motioned to a glass at his side. “Do you see this glass?” he asked us. “I love this glass. It holds the water admirably. When the sun shines on it, it reflects the light beautifully. When I tap it, it has a lovely ring. Yet for me, this glass is already broken. When the wind knocks it over or my elbow knocks it off the shelf and it falls to the ground and shatters, I say, ‘Of course.’ But when I understand that this glass is already broken, every minute with it is precious.”