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Meet the New Dark Web: The Web
WWW blogging predictions passingthought openweb
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With the continued marginalization of the World Wide Web and concepts like "web surfing", the next phase for the complete eradication of the open platform is its "mystification". People will be made to fear the concept of engaging online outside social media.

This is not hard to understand. As people gradually forget about a place they could publish freely, exchange files, and start dot com revolutions in their underwear, the protocol itself will be left to its die hard evangelists who buck the trend because they are not willing to give up their online liberty to Facebook.

Man in hoodie standing in front of world map overlaying bits of code

That number of people is (relatively) small, but they will continue sharing information between themselves, some of which will be inconvenient to governments and corporations.

What better way to pinch the holdouts by pouring negative paranoid press about that other "non-Facebook" place that people are doing things. Mostly good or neutral, but to a small highlight-able number, bad things like breaking copyright laws, planning terrorist attacks, or patronizing or trafficking child porn. Those grim things are typically characteristic of the so-called "Dark Web" today but it is trivial to drop the semantics entirely, when it is time.

Imagine the headlines of 15 years from now. "Police Find 'Web Browser' on PC of Area Man Arrested For Credit Card Fraud".

This won't happen tomorrow but in the long future, it's where we're headed. The pure web does not natively monetize, track users as precisely as closed social media networks or mobile apps, and provides a loop hole for free anonymous expression to those who still take the time for it. With everything else comfortably controlled, this makes the classic WWW a threat.

If you care to stave any of this off, learn HTML, blog outside social media networks (and link to other blogs and bloggers), and refer to the "web" not "Facebook" when talking about web things.

Content Feeders: Journalism Job of the Future
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The news industry, newspapers in particular, will hone a new role in their newsgathering process: "Feed reporters". Roaming content gatherers dispatched across cities that are neither fully qualified journalists yet are structured and managed direct hires who will drive media to the public immediately.

"Content feeders" sounds a lot like the stringers or freelancers used today, but they won't be on official dispatch. Instead they'll be assigned beats or held on a type of "reserve", on the clock, and trained in the protocols of the news agency employer. They won't be highly paid positions either, these may well be minimum wage by the time all is said and done.

The goal of the feed reporter will be to grab and distribute media first, and facts second. "Unknown crisis" (but here's the picture) or "unknown activity" (but here's the video) will be common taglines which feeders will then be duly expected to fortify with more detail after they have met their obligation to beat competitors in broadcasting the abnormality first.

Feeders will bypass the usual gatekeeping of news, partially by leveraging ambiguity in their own interpretation of what they are capturing and distributing. The old media had a way of handling a news story about the local police chief who crashed his car while drunk - the story might be managed well before it hit print or the 6 o'clock news. The method of handle in the future by contrast will occur only after the media has been seen by thousands if not millions.

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