I mean, if we absolutely have to bring back the ’90s, you can keep your flannel shirts and pop culture franchise reboots: I’ll take the reboot of Web 1.0, decentralized and anarchic but with modern design and tech sensibilities.
Which is a lead-in to: Mastodon is still totally great and this article both explains why and gives some tips to people starting out.1 It really does feel like a return to the best parts of the late-90s/early-00s internet; community-driven, de-commercialized, and legitimately disruptive, instead of the modern sanitized techbro hypercapitalist faux-sruption Silicon Valley has been pumping out for the last ten years.2
Related thread, for extra incentive:
Facebook tells Home Affairs Committee, they’ve now got more than 7,500 people whose jobs are focused on removing content from the platform.
— Mark Di Stefano 🤙🏻 (@MarkDiStef) December 19, 2017
(And the article.)