The Web We Lost – Anil Dash on the social web's downside

Anil Dash, in an insightful and resonant long-form post: "The tech industry and its press have treated the rise of billion-scale social networks and ubiquitous smartphone apps as an unadulterated win for regular people, a triumph of usability and empowerment. They seldom talk about what we've lost along the way in this transition, and I find that younger folks may not even know how the web used to be. So here's a few glimpses of a web that's mostly faded away." The Web We Lost.