On the face of it, more unity sounds good. It sounds like more collaboration. More cooperation.
But then I think of situations where complete unity isn’t necessarily a good thing. Take political systems, for example. If you have hundreds of different political parties, that’s not ideal. But if you only have one political party, that’s very bad indeed!
There’s a sweet spot somewhere in between where there’s a base of level of agreement and cooperation, but there’s also plenty of room for disagreement and opposition. Right now, the browser landscape is just about still in that sweet spot. It’s like a two-party system where one party has a crushing majority. Checks and balances exist, but they’re in peril.
The idea of “seamlessness” as a desirable trait in what we design is one that bothers me. Technology has seams. By hiding those seams, we may think we are helping the end user, but we are also making a conscience choice to deceive them (or at least restrict what they can do).
In this 60-minute presentation recorded live at An Event Apart Denver 2017, Jeremy Keith helps you learn to evaluate tools and technologies in a way that best benefits the people who use the websites you design and develop. You’ll look at some of the hottest new web technologies like service workers and web components. And dig beneath the hype to find out whether they will really change life on the web for the better.
Jeremy Keith suggests that we need to consider three aspects when choosing technology:
- How well does it fail?
- Who benefits?
- What are the assumptions baked in?
The opening keynote from the inaugural HTML Special held before CSS Day 2016 in Amsterdam.
Jeremy Keith provides a different introduction to the #IndieWeb. He maps a path from the beginning of the web, discussing apophenia, anchors, archive, all, Ada Lovelace, Alan Turing, Atlantic, augmentation, ARPA, attribute, Adactio and authentication.
Keith invites people to the world of forking paths:
I would like us all to spend more time in the garden of forking paths. I would like us all to continue to grow this garden of forking paths. Add your own website to this garden of forking paths. Use it to make more links.
On your website, you can link to this thing over here and that thing over there, and in doing so create an entirely new forking path.
Jeremy Keith reveals how the web is neither good or bad, nor neutral, but an amplifier. He inspires us to not let the future be just something that happens to us, but rather something we make with the small things we do today. He encourages us to build software ethically with our users’ psychological vulnerabilities in mind. He motivates us to not build on rented land, but to publish using the superpower of our own URLs. He also shows us how looking to the past is just as important as looking to the future.
- Iron Man Photo Story (4:43)
- On Net Neutrality (13:31)
- What’s “Adactio”? (20:44)
- Is the Internet Good or Evil? (24:41)
- Hippocratic Oath for Software Designers (35:51)
- Resilient Web Design (49:06)
- Why do you Love the Web so Much? (54:26)
The best of the web is people sharing what they know
- The Power and Generosity of the Community (63:05)
- What Comes Next? (71:34)
- Listener Question? (73:44)
- Last Words to the Builders of the Web (74:18)