Frank Chimero wrote a powerful essay titled “What Screens Want” about what it means to tell stories for the web. This bit stuck out to me in particular:
We used to have a map of a frontier that could be anything. The web isn’t young anymore, though. It’s settled. It’s been prospected and picked through. Increasingly, it feels like we decided to pave the wilderness, turn it into a suburb, and build a mall. And I hate this map of the web, because it only describes a fraction of what it is and what’s possible. We’ve taken an opportunity for connection and distorted it to commodify attention. That’s one of the sleaziest things you can do.
The essay is nuanced and weaves many seemingly disparate topics together in a spectacular manner. Anybody who makes anything for the internet should definitely take the time to read this.