What is “Web 3.0”
Sometimes it’s also referred to as “Web3.” This subject was actually a hard to really pin down. As we are living in the screaming 20’s where the world is fast tracking itself for CostCo levels of stupid it’s impossible to really find a pure example of Web 3.0. So , the quick and dirty answer to how we feel about Web 3.0?
We’ve come to the conclusion that Web3 or Web 3.0 is pretty much unproven marketing hype and vaporwave made up my crypto-bros that want to put a price tag on the internet.
Read on if you wish to hear my diatribes.
Whoa-whoa buddy! What the hell happened to all of the other webs?!?
They/We still exist despite there are some who believe we are dated and irrelevant. You are in fact reading this article on what is described as a Web 2.0 interface. But lets go through each of the versions of “Web” and from here on out when we say the “Web” and version this refers to the overall design of the website and/or how the user interacts with it. Not necessarily the protocols deployed such as https/SSL that is used here for security or http/3 which we implemented about a year ago. These web version standards even apply to other networks such as .Onion or Tor sites.
Web 1.0 is the first iteration of the internet where generally it’s a static .html page that required nothing more then notepad to write and deploy. If you knew your HTML code then you could put up a website. This was predominantly how a lot of your early days Angelfire and Geocities websites were designed back during the rise of the internet. Web 1.0 structure starts off reading hypertext that calls upon images and ends right there! All of the resources are on that site and do not cross-reference between others. It’s notion and thought process was to simply present data irrelevant to if it’s accurate or trustworthy and simply walk away.
My very first website which was hosted on ExecPC back in y2k would be considered “Web 1.0.” That although we used tricks such as DHTML for animations. It still adheres to Web 1.0’s standard of being made in a editor (We think we used Dreamweaver back then) and there was no real way for a user to interact with the website and/or upload data to this website. Even the ability to contact sent the user off to their e-mail client instead of a contact form that you could fill out on the site. The page is static and only changes if we change the html code.
This is what our website looked like in 2016, and although it has the aesthetic of a web 1.0 site and there is even static pages such as our download section. We have other sections that is dynamically generated such as our blog sections. And within blog articles like the one you are reading there is a comments section where you the end-user can leave text below. Because of this level of reader interaction this describes us as web 2.0
Other Web 2.0 applications:
- Video Content Sharing such as Vimeo, YouTube.
- Any form of social networking.
Podcasting is in theory in the web 2.0 territory as well, but we beg to differ on this as you could easily write a web 1.0 html document and simply link a mp3 outward just like one would link an image to be viewed. The only major difference is how the podcast is presented. When you load the page does it also load the player? Or do you click on the file and download it to launch in VLC or a similar player app?
Web 3.0 (At least the theory)
Now that we’ve talked about the previous iterations and versions of the web. We come up to the meat of the subject here. Which is web 3.0 or sometimes known as Web3. Web 3.0 presents the possibility of how the “internet moves forward” for lack of better terms by consolidating all information into a database that in theory cannot be owned by a single individual/company. If you go off f the wiki article about what web3 is it starts to read like this:
Web3 is an idea for a new iteration of the World Wide Web that incorporates decentralization based on blockchains
We should be paying more attention when they use the term ‘decentralized’ because as we explained each of the models of how the internet communicates decentralized does not necessarily mean an ‘equal’ internet. That under a Web 3.0 infrastructure the maintainers of the ‘great internet database’ would be a powerhouse like Google currently is with web 2.0. It basically means those who have staked (or given money to) this blockchain will be the ones determining what is correct. Thus, those who have not staked any money into the blockchain simply would not exist in the web 3.0 ecosphere. Or, at the very least the Etherium one envisioned by its creator. More on that in a bit.
When you add ‘blockchain’ into the mix there have been some incredibly bad actors that are in control of these types of systems. For example, going back to our Pre-Search review article that is a service that uses blockchain and quasi decentralized computing to copy/paste the hard work from other search engines into its own. With the only benefit of ‘keyword staking’ which is using Crypto Currency within this blockchain to make your data more relevant to the users on this search engine.
So think of it this way; Imagine having this blockchain run by individuals like Pre-Search Imagine typing in your favorite website but every-time you click on a link or move from one DNS to another on your browsers address bar Web3.0 instead takes you there your browser decided to take a pit-stop at an Ad-Sponser that staked crypo on the Web 3.0 blockchain?
Of course you cannot turn this ‘ad-feature’ off because it’s apart of the blockchain itself. You fundamentally have toll-booths on the information super highway! I’m sure there’s some marketing “SEO genius” that’s creaming their pants at the thought of what we just wrote but this is just one possibility of the kind of marketing shit-storm that web 3.0 can provide to us.
By adding all information into a blockchain you therefore assign a value to everything online. Which slides right into the next scenario which is “picket fencing.”
Where in order for you to even ‘SEE’ a certain website that you must pay your way into it by inserting crypto into that token within the blockchain in order to access it. And those that are not apart of the Web 3.0 world that haven’t paid into it such as web-administration such as ourselves will just be simply excluded for the blockchain, unsearchable, un-indexible and irrelevant. Also sites could demand money from its readers to even be let in bringing back the dark ages of magazine subscriptions but for websites! It’s happening on Web 2.0 with Google hiding certain sites while promoting others. So Web 3.0 we feel will do nothing to really solve those issues.
We should be writing Black Mirror episodes. But instead we just run a simple blog. Wasted potential we know!
Multidimensional Web 3.0?
Although the appeal of a blockchain is its transparency, that if someone attempts to alter the database within the blockchain to subvert peoples websites the others within that decentralized network will also know it happened. Thus, it should stop the “toll-booth scenario” that we described above. But, that’s if everyone uses one blockchain! Which if you’ve logged into something like Coinbase you will find out very quickly that is not the case. If everyone is using their own blockchain to index the internet and none of them can easily traverse one another to determine which is real versus fake. Is web 3.0 a better solution?
In order for a semantic web to really take hold and build that foundation of Web 3.0 , You need to convince everyone in the world to give up on owning their own data and instead have the world submit to a database that indexes importance for you. Facebook and Twitter have done a banger job at this. And the blockchain community wants to do the same. But there’s always going to be hold-outs like us. We’ve rejected protocols in the past when Google tried their own variant of this with their AMP project.
Sleaze bag investors would not be the worst of Web 3.0 . It’s privacy and the total abolishment of it.. Because by the very nature that blockchains are designed. where nothing in the database is overwritten but instead simply appended onto itself. It means that nothing you do on Web 3.0 will ever be erased. There is no such thing as a take down. Where you as an internet user will be a token within the blockchain that interacts with other elements within it. Meaning your job can look at all of the things that you do on Web 3.0 and determine your entire life if they wanted to or not.
The blockchain is not necessarily anonymous. Especially when you start attaching real-world metadata into each of the tokens. And eventually those investors will be bought out by a giant company for all of the data rights and we are back to even a worse, shit-filled internet.
A truly equal internet.
Every blockchain to this date has not addressed a thing it was set out to do. It’s not an equalizer because only those who are rich or invest the most will see the highest gains from the blockchain.
Web 3.0 advocates really try to promote hard with Web 3.0 is ‘equality’ which it doesn’t even exist! However, for those who want to join a truly equal internet? Then join ToR. Which is a distributed model network instead of decentralized meaning that no one really has the authority to kick you off of the onion network. And they don’t have to mention blockchains like some marketing buzzword investor.
Now for those wondering why web 3.0 must be decentralized instead of distributed similar to ToR? Because having absolute freedom means:
- Dealing with bad-actor sites – Child Porn, Assassination, Scam sites
- Dealing with bad thought sites – Because we can’t have people think for themselves. They might overthrow governments! Or make free power. Scary stuff man!
The good news now!
Because the barrier of responsibility is gone this also means anyone can make a Tor site and assign a .onion address to themselves. No need for expensive ICANN or SSL services. Or staking and paying fees on expensive crypto in order to have a voice out there.
So anyone with a Raspberry Pi can launch their own personal ToR website. And if it gets hacked.. well! it’s a Raspberry Pi. If you run backups you’re fine.
We understand that everything mentioned about this “web 3.0” is speculation so far. We just fear that if information is just a commodity that you put a price tag on with blockchain staking. Some will exert their psychopathic tenancies of pumping and dumping on a blockchain plunging humanity into an information dark-age while those who have caused this disaster would be living in a mansion like some criminal organization.
The only real way of ‘taking back’ the internet involves people working towards taking back something they never really wanted in the first place. We hate the fact that the superstructure of the internet is monopolized by a handful of companies. However, Web 3.0 in our opinion will not take us to a better internet. This reasoning is because currently the internet works as it is. So when someone inserts a foreign idea that isn’t proven, half-baked, and outright corrupt it’s a natural response to reject it violently. We are not the authority of the internet so our rejection of Web 3.0 will not change a thing. But it also means we don’t have to actively participate in it like we do with ToR.
That’s what server said
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