Why the website should survive

Why the website should survive {as well as full-sized computers}

Anyone with a half a brain should understand why the website should survive.

It’s still (and always will be) the best way to attain information online!

But what is happening in 2018 and beyond?

You can probably look towards the “smartphone” as well as “apps” for some answers.

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Smartphones are “convenient” but way too small

I don’t care how advanced phones have become. Some are even called “phablets.” Reading anything of value will always be more difficult.

This is why everything has become nuggetized with more focus on short sentences and flashy photos.

Sure you can say it’s just like a paperback book – but you gotta admit there are profound differences in the platforms.

Attention suckers as well. The psychology built-into social media is well known. They knowingly created what amounts to useless platforms that addict users, but hardly ever improve a persons life or knowledge.

Hard to rise from obscurity

One thing to note about “websites” in 2018 – is that the search algorithms are gamed against independent publications. Especially those with off-beat perspectives. Search results are becoming astonishingly useless (for us at least). Unless of course, you only want to find sanitized, pop-culture nonsense. Landing on page 20 of a search result is next to pointless.

So if you ever stumble upon a site that is useful – share with your friends, and support those publications (i.e., ad-block off, or donate).

Mobile devices are invasive (data collectors)

spying on mobile - Why the website should surviveI’m surprised that there hasn’t been a massive backlash against those social media companies. You can do practically everything for free on there.

They can afford that because they sell your personal data all over the place.

Every time people install a “must have” app – the impatiently accept the terms of use – which say they sell data about YOU.

Sure, there are some savvy people that own more secured devices (the Blackberries are still great for clamping down the invasiveness), but a very small percentage.

If you’re going to use a browser on your mobile device – pick either the DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser or Brave Browser – and at least you have a fighting chance. Apps, on the other hand, are much harder to control unless you use one of those Blackberry devices.

Desktops will always be preferred

We will always consider our desktop workstation the primary (99.9%) way of connecting to the “interwebs.” Multiple displays, sensible input devices, easier to read, and in a designated place.

Plus – we use other excellent privacy tools that may or may not be available on mobile.

Additionally – by compartmentalizing when and where we “connect” digitally, we do not feel the need do that while out and about. The freedom is priceless.

So it’s important to keep the independent content creators going (outside of the social or video worlds). Don’t forget to use an RSS reader instead of your social media timelines, too.

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