What's the best way to use the Internet?

Jason Kottke is a blogger and former web designer. Educated at Coe College, Kottke began his career as a web designer in 1986. He worked on design projects for companies as diverse as Charles Schwab, Target, and the University of Minnesota. He designed the now-ubiquitous typeface Silkscreen in 1999, which has since been adopted by Adobe, MTV and Volvo. He has served on the Advisory Board for SXSW Interactive since 2000. In 2005, he announced he had left his web design job to work on his blog full-time. The site is now supported by paid advertisements. Kottke lives in New York City.

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Question: What’s the best way to use the Internet?

 

Jason Kottke: I don’t know.  I don’t think I would tell anybody how to use the Internet.  I mean I guess I would tell them to get off . . .  If they’re on any sort of gated service . . .  I mean they’re becoming, I think, less and less rate.  But like the free . . .  Nothing beats the free, untethered Internet if you can deal with the “Spam” – whether it’s e-mail, or ads, or pornography or whatever.  Unless you’re into pornography.  You know if you can deal with all that stuff, there’s nothing like sort of the untethered, unfettered Internet for really, you know . . . really getting into a topic or getting into whatever you’re interested in.  You know sort of the sanitized versions like AOL . . .  I’m not even sure if AOL’s services is available anymore.  I think they’re just . . .  They push people straight to the Internet at this point.  But my mom, for instance, she still lives in Yahoo!  She goes to My Yahoo! to read the news and to get the weather and things like that, and I think that’s fine for her.  But to anybody who’s curious, I would say kind of break out of that and go exploring and wandering around.  Find some dark alleys.

 

Recorded on: 10/9/07

 


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