Most online experiences are made, like fast food, to be cheap, easy, and addictive: appealing to our hunger for connection but rarely serving up nourishment. Shrink-wrapped junk food experiences are handed to us for free by social media companies, and we swallow them up eagerly, like kids given buckets of candy with ads on all the wrappers.
These experiences are sensitive neither to individual humans nor to the human collective, but only to page views and growth (in a corporate, not personal sense).” —
Reading You are Not a Gadget (notes to come soon) reminded me of this series of posts by Jonathan Harris about building richer stuff on the web. This is worth re-reading every now and then for a sober reminder of what should be made. (previously)