A Meditation on the Open Web

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Thank you, Matt, for this video. Very recently I had a similar reflection about the websites place on the Internet. In my article, I compare it to the public park that is unrestricted and welcoming for all, while social media are those walled gardens with a strict set of rules.

Fortunately, we still have a choice where do we hang out and where do we create. And we should keep the open web public and welcome for all to come.

A truly Open Web is one where I don’t have to play Russian Roulette with JavaScript permissions for half a dozen servers and domains in order to watch a YouTube vid when a simple link would have worked. This isn’t the Open Web, this is the Broken Web.

That meditation is flat-out awesome!

Come to think of it, on a GIANT BIG SCREEN, the video would be a great way to kick-off the “sunset,” or “after dark” portion of the “WordPress Music Festival (WPMF).” I know I keep trippin’ on that WPMF concept…but, one can dream on…

Back to reality. I just signed-up with another phenomenal, WordPress-powered jazz education site. My third such site over the past several years. It’s already blowing my mind…an insane value… From my vantage point, in addition to publishing, WordPress is flat-out democratizing education. The creed says it all: “Never stop learning.”


I wish we could edit our comments. After watching the video a few times, my position has slightly evolved: My initial reaction to the video was overwhelmingly positive, and I still think it is a work of art.

After watching it a couple of times, however, I find that the references to FB and IG really “stomp on” or “kill” my blissful buzz. The myriad benefits of WordPress can be “riffed upon” for hours! The ability to TRULY “own your own slice of the Web” is a profound concept. In my opinion, the riff “own your work; own yourself!” resonates far more that “slamming” other platforms.

I actually have meaningful exchanges on Facebook. My FB existence is totally free from “noise,” smog” or “congestion.” That could be due to the fact that many of my FB friends are musicians, artists, actors, or other creative people. I also have a few chef friends. So, demo reels, video editing tips, saxophone solos, recipes, poetry, paintings, books–that’s my experience…

On a related tangent, I have some some of the BEST educational experiences of my life on WordPress-powered sites. They all are membership sites related to jazz saxophone and music education. I have been able to study with some of the best musicians in the world–at an affordable rate–thanks to WP. WordPress has made me a much better musician at a fraction of the cost of private lessons.

I would simply replace the FB & IG “slams” with positive, dreamy WP imagery; that’s it, that’s all. The video would look great at an outdoor WP Music Festival or WordCamp. It’s stunning and the narration is spot-on!

WP-4-LIFE!!! :)

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