Excellent technical analysis of "web3" by Moxie Marlinspike
@makeworld Some good points about the world of NFTs but, as always with Moxie Marlinspike, it is just a long rant about how centralized systems are better and how WhatsApp (by far the biggest client of his company) is always right.
@makeworld The point about "distributed" systems becoming quite centralized because, in practice, most people will access them through a trusted 3rd party (Alchemy for Ethereum) is a good one (IPFS is a very good example of a failure, here) but it is not true for the fediverse, which remains quite decentralized (there was a big risk of everyone going to mastodon.social at the beginning but it did not happen).
@bortzmeyer Yeah it's not perfect. I think Andrew Staltz addresses some of what you're saying in his response: https://staltz.com/some-people-want-to-run-their-own-servers.html
@makeworld Indeed, very good text, I entirely agree with André Staltz.
(Disclaimer : I host my email server, and my blog, but not my XMPP server or my fediverse instance.)
possibly my favorite insight:
Even at comparable stages in their development, the World Wide Web and Web 2.0 were not quite so … self-referential? They were about other things — science and coffee pots, links and camera lenses — while Web3 is, to a first approximation, about Web3.
reminds me of ham radio in that sense
Sunbeam City is a anticapitalist, antifascist solarpunk instance that is run collectively.