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The end of fun?

Today's New York Times, in an article entitled "As the Web Matures, Fun Is Hard to Find", offers this tearful lament from Glenn Davis, concerning how it's so much less fun to surf the web these days, because there simply aren't as many new and interesting sites being built: "We lost our sense of wonder. The web is old hat."

Please — spare me. Since when is it news that old fogeys cry for the lost innocence of days of yore? Sheesh. More revealing is the quote that concludes the article, also from Davis:

"I'm a frontiersperson, and the web is not a frontier anymore. It is simply a place."

The thing is, frontierspeople never succeed in building anything worthwhile. They just pass through, leaving little more than charred fire rings and lost horse shoes. I mean, Mr. Edible Starchy Tuber Head? An online coffeepot? Give me a break. No, the real work isn't done by the frontierspeople, it's done by those who come after.

This isn't to deny that the web hasn't yet lived up to its promise, by any means. It's reached a stage of maturity where it's very expensive for anyone who produces something good (for example, AdCritic.com, which closed last year because of bandwidth costs (and has since been purchased by AdAge.com)) — but not yet mature enough where content providers can earn enough revenue to support their efforts. But it's getting there.

March 28, 2002 12:18 PM

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