Capitalism Compromised the Internet

When the World Wide Web, and later the Internet, came into existence, most of the nerds I knew thought this new means of communication would usher in a future of worldwide democracy, where everyone could talk with anyone, and freedom could be spread via modem. There were chat rooms and bulletin boards. And all this would be available to every person on Earth.

Instead, we got just another capitalist venture, one in which the users, instead of charting its future, became commodities. Like any other business, the workers provided the labor and the top brass reaped the rewards. Users create the content and the site owners monetize it. Will the users revolt and regain ownership of their work, or will the Internet follow the common path of workers, bosses, and profit over people?