The Internet is not healthy. A lot of the underlying technology only works because of conventions and implicit trust, the authentication and security systems now being built into it are plasters over gaping wounds. We find it increasingly centralised, increasingly monetised. It's the largest, most comprehensive surveillance system in history, and it's operated not just by governments, but by the companies that are replacing them. It's almost impossible to live without it and it's almost impossible to fix it - we're stuck now.
Recently, I've been trying to get my blog up to date: uploading old articles and correcting typos and broken bits of code. In the course of this I found a bunch of dead links: where the URL has changed and the coders have forgotten to redirect the old address. This issue is becoming more and more prevalent as websites are increasingly paywalled off, usernames are changed as people establish a personal brand, or people migrate from websites to the walled gardens of 'apps', or simply, malice drives bosses to shut down websites - as in the case of Lucky Peach.
This week, I'm making a small effort to redress these broken links, by pointing to their archived copies.
- Cannibalism as Culinary Tradition by Aaron Thier, originally on Lucky Peach.
- Hamburgers with Mimi by Peter Meehan, originally on Lucky Peach.
- Review: Ren Hang by Ana Cecilia Alvarez, originally on Adult Mag.
- Olfactory Fatigue by Alice Hattrick, originally on Frieze.
- Falafel Drive In, originally on Brownbook.
- An apology for the Internet from the people who built it by Noah Kulwin in the New York Magazine.