Like a lot of people, I find a lot of aspects about the internet as it currently exists
exhausting, to put it bluntly. Endless algorithmically curated content built for the
purpose of keeping users hooked as long as possible to keep generating data and keep
looking at ads, sponsored content disguising ads as user content, and a soulless,
streamlined style that has nearly every website looking virtually identical in what I've
seen eloquently called "the gentrification of the internet." And that's just the user's side
of the coin; as a developer, the eternally-growing set of front-end frameworks and paradigms
has grown to the point of being legitimately suffocating unless you have a development team.
Self-expression drowns between mirror-sheen polished websites, and the massive barrier-to-entry
the amount of labor required for modern websites often requires.
In this digital wasteland, Neocities is a breath of fresh air. An island refuge from the soulless wasteland that so much of the internet has devolved into. A place for content unapologetically unique and earnest, not beholden to the algorithms and aesthetics of major social media platforms. That is something I desperately want to see once again.