i don't know of a good solution, why i brought it up. but it's like when the rural country-side was being eaten by strip malls. now even cool old buildings in new york have garish mcdonald's logos glowing filling their once grand windows.
not that anything was better or is. you can say a population explosion may result in strip malls too, or think "quality police" is the only way to avoid that phenomenon. but is there a deeper solution? if you look a little harder, it seems to stem from too much being available to too many eager to put their name up somewhere. an endless blank wall and folks handing out easy spray painting instructions.
it's also a little like the people content to wait in 20 minute lines at the post office, because they either never knew or forgot it used to be much more convenient. there also used to be a cold war, and the US joked how Russians always had to wait in lines. my guess is the REAL end to the cold war (which was always a pretty silly grudge match) is that now we have it just as bad.
ASCII art is cool. at 56k though, jpeg/gif images are fine. more severely edited video would be a blessing. pre-90's, there was neat stuff to be found. a handful at most in the years since. it's just a big catalogue now to me. amazon's fine, but what a waste of potential. people got upset years ago when the tore down the old penn station. now new york is really strict about their cool old buildings. (why they couldn't just tear down the WTC when it was losing millions for years, why 9/11 was somebody's miracle).
like bicycles were originally supposed to make getting across town easier. but all that happened is that instantly towns grew in sq miles. not caused by a population explosion per se, but that was definitely the result. without bicycles a town could only get so big. the edges became inconvenient to get to. if that space becomes convenient, towns can grow.
we are greedy like goldfish who grow proportionally to the whatever's available. more speed will never mean more quality, though it's often marketed as if they are be related. but now i'm thinking there's actually another effect, and ultimately bringing us a lot less quality, in a way no one may even notice.
> Plasma Studii <firstname.lastname@example.org
> wrote: somebody just sent me
> a thing about streaming video. theoretically, at first glance, seems
> like streaming would be a great idea. seems like broadband would be
> too. but what actually has happened is the web has become a cesspool
> of garbage as a direct result?
> Yeah man, lets go back to Ascii art. ;) Seriously though web content
> has always been in the majority crap. The fact that there is more
> crap has nothing to do with connection speeds and everything to do
> with their being more people on the web. More people is a good thing,
> more crap is an acceptable side effect. What are you suggesting ?
> Quality police ? You know where to find the things you like, whats
> the problem ? Surely half the fun of using the web is
> filtering/discovering the gems amongst the dirt.
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