Somehow, I think you miss Hossein Derakhshan’s point.

If hyperlinks are sufficiently degraded and discarded within the online experience, we will no longer have a ‘web’. We will merely have a handful of corporate-controlled apps and platforms which use the internet as infrastructure.

And that’s a fundamentally different environment.

When you access a node on the web, you can go in many different directions — including your own.

When you access someone’s app or platform, you can only do what they allow you to do.

And that does not include create your own space, on your own terms.

Is it any wonder that the platform-owners want to degrade the open web? How much better for them if most users didn’t see it as a viable space for self-expression!

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