Point»The Indie Web Manifesto (Feb 97)

Made by Steve Or Steven Read on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 11:19 AM in the Points section
The Indie Web Manifesto (Feb 97)

I dig it. Good to post. That manifesto is 13 years old! I agree with about 80% of it, though it was obviously prescient about certain negative trends that were new in 1997. But I would argue that the main issue is *not* that technology is changing, or that the pace of change is part of some kind conspiracy, or that the problem is that no one pays attention to the poor indie web sites.

The issue is what you are hitting on with Points: control of content ownership and distribution through the use of open standards. The pace of technology change has actually been a boon for independents, as witnessed by tools like Drupal and standards like RSS. But corporate encroachment and net neutrality are huge issues. The stakes now are even higher than they were in 1997. The wording of the indie web manifesto could use an update, but I still dig it.

 Posted by Dan on January 15, 2011 - 1:17pm 

thanks dan good points - yes i like the spirit of it, even if not finely crafted. rather eerie for it to be relevant today. i found someone else last night who is now using the phrase "indie web" and who is actively micro-blogging at his own site, thus owning his data, yet he is also pushing it out to twitter. but content origination is the key here. will post more about him and other stuff ive been finding soon...
 Posted by Steve Or Steven Read on January 15, 2011 - 2:17pm