Thinking about online permanence again

Today I’m really focused on what parts of the internet are more permanent than others. A decade from now Today I’m really focused on what parts of the internet are more permanent than others. I’m curious about what will happen in the future, “A decade from now will GitHub and YouTube still be housing content?” It is really about my effort to question what will remain online year after year. Back on May 20, 2021 I released an album on YouTube called, “This is an ambient music recording called dissonant dystopia.” That work of art is 33 minutes of dissonant music and it will exist online as long as YouTube houses it. That means its existence is pretty much tied to the permanence of YouTube as a platform. I’m going to guess that a lot of content faces the same constraint. The continued existence of that art is tied to the platform where it is hosted. I could probably post the album to a few other places to increase the odds of it outlasting YouTube as a platform, but I’m not sure that is an effort that is worth my time. My guess about the future of online permanence is that Instagram and YouTube will continue to exist for as long as the modern internet persists as a technology. 

It is times like these when I begin to wonder what will happen to the world wide web when pockets of private isolation creep up within the walls of applications. We are seeing a fragmentation of what was the open internet. Be at the continued growth of dark pockets of the online world or just application based islands. You are seeing parts of the internet that you can gain access to the front door, but they are not truly a part of an open internet. They are something else and that something else is evolving right now before our eyes. We could very well see a change in the format of the content in the next decade. Sure hypertext has connected the world, but a metaverse will potentially be a video/image stream that is way beyond a text based communication method. Keep in mind that this weblog barely contains any imagery and the primary method of communicating content is text based. In a metraverse of rooms, zones, areas, or community spaces it is entirely possible that it will be immersive and that image and sound will define the method of communication that will be occurring. 

Really the most advanced method of communication I have considered is either recording these missives as audio for a podcast or working to make a video version of a podcast which just really includes a perspective of me reading the content. Either way that will be a one way method of communication either via text dissemination, audio recording, or video recording. It will be nothing outside of an asynchronous method of communication. I might respond to a comment or a note that somebody provided, but it would not be within an immersive environment. It would be purely asynchronous in nature.

Moving the writing plan around

Writing today started out with a bit of writing to finish up “The Lindahl Letter” for this week. My Saturday writing schedule happened, but the output was not exactly enough to finish up the content for this Friday and have it ready to post. Generally my writing plan for “The Lindahl Letter” was twofold. First, I had planned to work ahead and have the posts ready to go a few weeks or maybe months in advance. Second, my fall back position for the writing plan was to spend the first waking hours of every Saturday morning creating the post for the upcoming Friday. That plan gave me a few days of recovery if for some reason the post was incomplete, terrible, or writing was blocked for some reason. Today was one of those days where I had to pick up a post and clean it up on a Sunday morning. 

Working ahead started to break down a little bit when the content was revised to be more than just a brief or extended passage of prose related to machine learning to include sections that were more real time in their context. Sections for “links and thoughts” and of course the “top 5 tweets of the week” are certainly more related to what happened since the last post vs. the opening content that could be inspired from any point of the machine learning journey. Based on the statistics from the Substack some people seem to like the links and click them while an ever increasing bulk of people don’t really return data related to clicks anymore. That is a problem that is occurring more broadly in the world of advertising. 

My Twitter feed was a blaze with this hot take this morning, “A certain amount of buzz is resonating from the topics of #TimeCrystal and #Metaverse right now… sooner or later a wellspring of academic originated scientific discussion will circle back to cover these things in paper form endlessly…” I’m not sure it was entirely pithy, but it was where my thoughts circled this morning between those to very buzzword driven ideas of the moment. It is entirely possible that time crystals will prove to be truly interesting if they end up requiring a rewrite of the rules of physics. The weight of that last sentence in terms of historical context was pretty heavy. I’m not sure just reading it that it is clear. It is probably a shortcoming in the effectiveness of my prose. Please consider this extra bit of rambling after the original claim for additional context.