OS POSITIVOS

uma reversão no fim da História

Sure, leaving a comment may be more “engaging” than picking a color and setting a design, but those things give us a feeling of ownership that we never really feel like we have when they’re all decided for us. And can we stop taking the wrong lessons from tech history in building our platforms?
in "No Room for Design" 14 jul 2020

Tech history quer dizer História, platforms é plataformas, também aquelas maiores. O resto da citação a ler igualmente com o chapéu das metáforas. Se o Hobsbawm fechou o século XX nos 90 com o início de "um futuro desconhecido e problemático", "não necessariamente apocalítico" mas de "crescente melancolia fin-de-siècle" (*), por força da circunstância ficamos no melancólico e não é sem alguma tristeza que olhamos para esse início de ciclo com saudades daquele se que se fechava atrás.

*) E com solidariedade da União Europeia a saldos, pequeno mashup a recordar:

...foi ficando evidente que a crise mundial não era geral apenas no sentido económico, mas também no político [e] destruiu o sistema internacional que dera estabilidade às relações internacionais durante cerca de quarenta anos. As tensões das economias em dificuldades minaram os sistemas políticos das democracias [e] os fanáticos do laissez-faire não tiveram mais êxito que todos os outros. O mundo capitalista viu-se novamente às voltas com problemas da época do entreguerras: desemprego em massa, depressões cíclicas graves, o confronto cada vez mais espetacular de mendigos sem tecto com luxo luxo abundante, entre rendimentos limitados de Estado e despesas ilimitadas de Estado.
Eric Hobsbawm in "Era dos Extremos" 1994 (orig.)

Os nossos lamentos pela criatividade et design que desapareceu nesses tempos, em recap de dois artigos recentes: "No Room for Design" 14 jul 2020 & in "The Return of the 90s Web" 18 jun 2020. Esses títulos? Meta-fora isso, como a "social media customization failings":

Of the many things that social platforms have taken away from us, perhaps the most disappointing is the freedom to customize our spaces. We need it back.

Internet culture has evolved in numerous ways over the years, from its chaotic roots on Usenet and bulletin boards into the modern social networks that have become key to our digital interactions. But one thing that’s been lost along the way is design — not the design of the platforms, themselves, but the freedom to take a piece of internet land and make it your own. Sites like Geocities and MySpace get mocked today because of their often ugly looks, but these sites were some of the most important and fundamental for digital creativity, that encouraged people to experiment and try things. And our modern social networks have moved away from this. To me, that’s sad. I want that back.
in "No Room for Design" 14 jul 2020

Conhecem-nos esse lamento e sentido de misão, como nos conhecem o apontar de culpas.

More than 15 years ago, Facebook made a call to emphasize standardization in its design. Rather than letting people just do whatever on their pages like MySpace did, it emphasized a more prescriptive approach. Other networks followed suit — particularly after Facebook made a key change that likely restructured the relationship between social networks and creativity forever.
in "No Room for Design" 14 jul 2020

Não é só design (ler: agência): da arquitetura de sistemas às ferramentas et al, muitos outros já começaram a reagrupar em mentalidades de tempos idos mais interessantes.

In big cultural concepts like music or fashion, things have a way of coming around full circle.

When I look at some of the trends on the web today, I wonder if we’re at that point yet. I wonder if we’re ready to revisit some of the ideas of the early web again. Some of the broader ideas from back then are picking up a second wind lately, and I like it.
in "The Return of the 90s Web" 18 jun 2020

Obviamente destacamos entre outros possíveis o de sempre, personal websites: é politics senhores, se não querem uma vida decidida por corporações orientadas ao $$$ ou Estados autoritari-ó-vigilantes, okupem espaço e bring back the weird.

Our digital identities are becoming increasingly more important, and people become aware that they’re not in control of their data. Personal sites were very popular in the era before Myspace and Facebook, and it’s now easier than ever to build one. It might just be my IndieWeb filter bubble talking, but I think there is a renewed interest in personal websites. A lot of big social media giants are falling out of favor, and it becomes cool again to own a space on the web rather than being one of a billion usernames.
in "The Return of the 90s Web" 18 jun 2020

Be cool. Bite back. Don't rollover aos "algorithmic feeds":

These are giant black boxes, and nobody really knows what signals go into them. That’s why many people crave a more controlled reading experience on their own terms. Chronological, personal, relevant - a bespoke magazine of trusted sources. A curated feed.
in "The Return of the 90s Web" 18 jun 2020

OS POSITIVOS: curamos feeds para uma dieta mais equilibrada. Alguém tem que o fazer.

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