Amy Hoy: the chronologically organized web is “a decent servant but a terrible master”

Amy Hoy writes about how the style of chronologically organized, stream updates for websites swallowed up the entire web:

“…the damn reverse chronology bias — once called into creation, it hungers eternally — sought its next victim. Myspace. Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Pinterest, of all things. Today these social publishing tools are beginning to buck reverse chronological sort; they’re introducing algorithm sort, to surface content not by time posted but by popularity, or expected interactions, based on individual and group history. There is even less control than ever before.”

While many of us can point to websites that are not chronologically updated, and are also cool and fun and all that –– Amy is mostly right about the fact that there should be many types of websites and platforms instead of a monolith. The more I think about it, the more I wonder if the Western obsession with timekeeping has something to do with our addiction to the “update” lifestyle.

Continue Reading: How Blogs Broke the Web (Stacking the Bricks)

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