• @UNWILLING_PARTICIPANT
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    85 months ago

    StumbleUpon was incredible. I actually engaged with the larger internet, rather than mostly sticking to the kiddy pool of comment sections. It’s actually where I met my longtime partner, and now very good friend, so it had “real world” implications for me as well

    I love being surprised and love learning new things. The algorithms, AI, and SEO have stripped all of that curiosity and discovery away.

    I feel this as well. Everything I see or read now is accompanied by the slight suspicion that I’m reading fake content. Like is this picture or article something that another human put time and effort into, because they were trying to communicate something, or is it just generated based on what will garner eyeballs?