A Completely Clean Web Would Be So Boring

By Chris Mills on at

For all its wonders, the internet does have some dark sides. Trolls. YouTube comments. 4chan. But as YouTuber Tom Scott explains by showing us what a completely offence-free internet dystopia would look like, even the lowliest of bridge-dwellers are a defining feature of online life.

Scott's 'Bubble' — a fictitious, perfect, personalised screening device for the internet — isn't intended as a satirical takedown of internet filtering (at least, I don't think). Rather, it's a thought experiment about how our relationship with the internet hinges so much on the things we hate.

I certainly wouldn't want to use an internet full of self-congratulatory yes men; echo chambers are good for nothing but reinforcing your own preconceived ideas. And the Bubble scares me a little with the accuracy — the pitch video apes Silicon Valley so perfectly, and the rhetoric hits just a little too close to home to laugh straight off. Never die, internet lowlifes. [Tom Scott]