Wednesday. Fandango’s Provocative Question once again. I looked in my reader and what should I see? This week, Fandango asks:
Do we control technology or is technology controlling us?
It depends who “us” is. If you’re a pawn, then yes, you are controlled. For example, when I order my repeat meds, I have to log on to a web site. I have to behave in a certain way just to place the order. In that way, the technology controls me – I have to interact with it in a particular way, otherwise I don’t get my meds.
But some human(s) will have designed that site. The site will function exactly how they decide. So in that sense, we (i.e. some humans) are very much in control.
Fandango uses the example of his current woes with WordPress, so let’s think about that.
There is a free, open-source content management product called WordPress, available from wp.org. I can download it for free and run it on my own web server, if I could be bothered. Plugins, themes, the lot.
There is also a company, wp.com, who maintain servers which run this product. They sell hosting to Fandango and I, and probably you. That’s not what they call it, but that’s what it is. They sell disk space on a web server.
I don’t understand how wp.org and wp.com are related. I feel that they must be related somehow, and wp.com support staff have been happy to create feature requests for me. But what I heard – some wp.org founder walked and founded wp.com seems too simple.
It is wp.org who are pushing Gutenberg. wp.com are taking all the flak from users, but this is coming from wp.org. So, the humans at wp.org are most definitely in control of the technology, although Fandango is not.
My supposition is that wp.org decided to “grow” their product. One way to grow it was to adopt the new editor. Most probably financial. Maybe they wants easier things like shopping carts to attract businesses?
But standard users like Fandango will have been lower down the pecking order. Exactly how it has turned out.
Once you decide new-over-old, it makes sense just to support one, although I’ve been surprised at how quickly this has happened. You double your support costs otherwise. Maybe that’s the bottom line? Maybe the plan is to fire half the support team?
There are other blogging platforms, and it is only a year ago that I moved here from Blogger. The Blogger editor had far more in common with the Classic Editor than with Gutenberg. But Blogger has none of the community. Have a look. Try finding blogs about such-and-such. The only way is through Google Search – there is no hub, no reader.
I blogged for about 2 years on Blogger, and had almost no readers. Not surprising. Maybe anyone who met me pre-wp.com can remember how difficult it was to interact with me? Things we take for granted – following, liking, commenting, even pingbacks, more difficult, for the most part impossible. Blogger has not been built to interact.