The Rum­pus Inter­view with Astra Tay­lor:

It wasn’t that peo­ple wanted things for free and asked for adver­tis­ing to fund it—it’s that these com­pa­nies wanted to amass an audi­ence whose “eye­balls” they could sell, and they gave peo­ple things for free to do that. Free ser­vices and con­tent has been foisted upon us because there wasn’t the will power to explore other options.

Her new book sounds fas­ci­nat­ing as well.

I’m 22 years old and what is this.

The future open web must be eas­ier to use than the cur­rent social web, and know­ing what to do with your own data can­not be a pre­req­ui­site. We will have pas­sive users of the web, and the web needs them. If we exclude them, we risk cre­at­ing a walled gar­den that lacks the per­spec­tives and expe­ri­ences of dif­fer­ent types of people.