Illustration of Derek Powazek by Adam Ellis

Two Brain Cells Is a Lot in Some Places

Some old friends of mine are quoted in Tech Radar’s elegy to GeoCities. My soundbite is on page two.

“The sad truth about home pages, on Geocities or elsewhere, is that they were actually a lot of work to set up and maintain,” rues Derek Powazek of “So when blogging started, blogs quickly replaced homepages because they were just a lot less work. Now, with the ascendency of Twitter and Facebook, which require, at most, two brain cells to operate, I fear the death of the truly independent personal site may be at hand. Making something personal, something meaningful, something beautiful, has always been a lot of work. Some things just take time.”

For what it’s worth, I think it’s great that there are ways to participate online that don’t take a ton of time. I just wish more people had more time to do more things that go deeper than “here’s what I ate today.”

Also, today I had a cheese sandwich.

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