From the comments:
The first 10 years of the internet were volunteers creating for other volunteers. The next 10 was volunteers for ‘users’. The last 10, for corporations.
The commons built in the 90s was turned into a playground in the 2000s and is now a oil well being mined by megacorps.
What, I hope, interest rates are doing is shifting the balance of power to its natural point: the commons is owned by the volunteers. Megacorp’s ability to profit from this was a disguise created by free money.
Very interested to see where this goes. Mastodon was ready to go when Twitter was purchased. Will a Reddit clone rise to the top? Maybe a federated one? Maybe even blogs will make a comeback…