i'm usually optimistic, so when i'm cynical i'm usually right.
for all the things i used to imagine the web could be, back in the day — "the new punk rock" was always a favorite, but "revolutionary medium for remote interpersonal communication" took second place — the only thing the web has consistently proved to be over the years is, alas, highly distracting from the task at hand. that's capitalism for you. history just wasn't on our side.
which reminds me — i've been wanting to reread rob mcchesney for a while now. he knew we were screwed all the way back in 1993. oh, well. guess we'll wait to see what comes along next.