Why The Web Is Such A Mess

Nov 23, 2020
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Tim Berners-Lee envisioned a "universal information system". What went wrong? • MORE BASICS: usworlds.info/net/PL96C35uN7xGLLeET0dOWaKHkAlPsrkcha.html
Written with Sean Elliott twitter.com/SeanMElliott/ • Camera by Tomek • Graphics by William Marler wmad.co.uk
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  • The thing behind me is the Centre for Computing History's Megaprocessor. It plays Tetris.

    Tom ScottTom Scott5 months ago
    • Wtf this is older than video its really a mess

      ??????5 days ago
    • [Hello- It’s brandon][Hello- It’s brandon]22 days ago
    • 4 months ago

      GBOYG and GCOKYG SenorOggy PackGBOYG and GCOKYG SenorOggy Pack25 days ago
    • Watefoc el comentario es más viejo que el video

      PIXELPIXEL25 days ago
    • This comment was made before the video

      Lita PitaLita Pita28 days ago
  • AYYYYYYYY VOTE SAXON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    HT 7HT 719 minutes ago
  • 5rong1

    Jon dowJon dow3 hours ago
  • Client-Side Storage: CSS Cascading Style Sheets:

    KL szKL sz4 hours ago
  • Did this guy comment before this video was made

    Sarada AmanchiSarada Amanchi10 hours ago
  • vid: 1 month ago comment: 5 month ago

    Windows 10Windows 10Day ago
  • fun fact:your here becuz of DJ Cook

    Hermogenes SaulogHermogenes SaulogDay ago
  • The spider who clicked this video: interesting

    charmeleon evolvescharmeleon evolvesDay ago
  • I just wanna get rid of advertisers its not like their ads make me buy their product the opposit actually

    The CouncilThe CouncilDay ago
  • Hold on why is your comment 5 months ago while your video is 1 month ago wierd

    mustache gamesmustache games2 days ago
  • IT SHOULD BE THE LAW THEY HAVE TO TELL YOU EVERYTHING THEY TAKE! I actually think they listen in your home, because EVERYTHING I talk about will come up a few weeks later, everywhere!!! They also make it too difficult to find, and a million different questions to not accept them!

    K HK H2 days ago
  • I've actually been thinking about quitting the internet all together, as I remember a much more peaceful, and productive life before! You find yourself wondering if your connected to all the right places, and checking on notifications. Time wasting, anxiety causing, world destroying. Yes, I said world destroying, because all the Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest, etc. travel pictures people think they have to go, and they are destroying historical sites, and Nature, by too much foot traffic and trash, I read. They actually are closing places to the public, and limiting people permitted in.

    K HK H2 days ago
  • You are forgetting one very important thing. "The biggest lie that was ever told is that the Internet is free". People don't read newspapers anymore and read their news online. Those journalist and writers need to be paid... and how are they paid? Exactly... advertising. Its an ecosystem that has worked for over a 100 years... it just changes form. Don't asume your news is "free"

    jamespottertjejamespottertje5 days ago
  • who's here cuz timeworks?

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  • I came into this expecting to learn nothing. However, I learned a bit about reader view and how it has been abused. Thanks :)

    Untouchable PlayersUntouchable Players5 days ago
  • Your Comment Glitch

    Evan MonsisvaisEvan Monsisvais5 days ago
  • How about mess with the cookies and have some sort of 'fix' apply false data for advertisers to then acquire? Instead of trying to stop them data mining people, overload them with data.

    Neil RobinsonNeil Robinson6 days ago
  • When the pinned comment is made before the video was uploaded

    ZydrexZydrex6 days ago
  • Tom :"advertisers are not people" me: an advertizer 😲

    Andrea K.Andrea K.7 days ago
  • Bro this was uploaded 1 month ago and his comment was posted 5 month ago. Can someone explain to me how this is posible? Ar i am just blind.

    The ChampionThe Champion7 days ago
  • And then Facebook bought Oculus and charged only $400 for a VR headset, and now you get ridiculed for valuing privacy at all.

    Jesse LindseyJesse Lindsey7 days ago
  • What annoys me is pop ups that my ad blocker can't block.

    plica06plica0610 days ago
  • Kind of disappointed this didn't end with a vpn ad. 😁😁

    mosyemessymosyemessy10 days ago
  • advertisers enable content like this to be produced.

    JONSONJONSON11 days ago
  • I'm not going to consume many ads, period. Give me a viable, unified micropayment system and fair pricing (maybe 2x, 3x or 5x as much as you would make if I was clicking on an ad) and I would pay you for reading your articles.

    KrishanKrishan11 days ago
  • The newsletter pop ups blow my mind... I mean does it really work on people? On me it has the opposite effect. But I guess it must work (otherwise why would the web designers bother) and that is mind boggling to me.

    YS ProductionYS Production12 days ago
  • admit that you come there to see if timeworks is right

    mini crewmatemini crewmate12 days ago
  • the video is 1 months ago and the pinned comment is older than the video

    สมชาย ชีช้างสมชาย ชีช้าง12 days ago
  • i love how the comment is older than the video

    สมชาย ชีช้างสมชาย ชีช้าง12 days ago
  • Wonderful video. Conclusion: use only free software if you care about your privacy

    MsAlfred1996MsAlfred199613 days ago
  • When T...

    ??13 days ago
  • Watch the video carefully because the web (including USworlds,) is a mess.

    シArixielloシArixiello14 days ago
  • Thanks for ending on such a positive note, Tom!

    kashii chankashii chan14 days ago
  • Anyone else notice the Doctor Who E easter egg?

    TheBobBromTheBobBrom14 days ago
  • I love the little Easter Eggs in the ads in the beginning, like the joke about Tom’s biggest f*ckup, and the DW reference.

    Harrie GostonHarrie Goston14 days ago
  • my personal solution: no cookies at all. only if it's crucial to view content then I might choose to allow only the ones original website needs. drawbacks: you need to know a bit how a website work in order to decide if either website is broken or it's because a cookie. also using an adblocker with a lots of filters. plus have an antivirus. with all this efforts still there is tons of information google can get. just incredible. this is not the WAY! shouldn't be this way 😔

    EddyEddy14 days ago
  • Any one else is here for timeworks? 👇

    semiku•semiku•15 days ago
    • stop asking for likes

      some person on planet earthsome person on planet earth12 days ago
  • LOVE the "Vote Saxon" popup!

    drego5drego515 days ago
  • Thanks capitalism

    Mason MillerMason Miller15 days ago
  • Bottom line: Use add blockers.

    Silvia SánchezSilvia Sánchez16 days ago
  • Thanks for explaining what cookies are

    Sticky SteveSticky Steve16 days ago
  • I like how no one is talking about " video was made 1 month ago and comment is 5 months old -_-

    RT EDITSRT EDITS16 days ago
  • They should hire a line monitor like they used to in grade shcool.

    LastLast16 days ago
  • This is the reason why i enabled Ad blocker extension!

    DDORVDDORV16 days ago
  • Keylock vpn..ur trapped in..

    Christina Marie HicksChristina Marie Hicks16 days ago
  • Oh no... i’ve just been reminded of those “game ads” you get when... you watch your online enthusiasm stuff... along with some “pill” ads You know what I mean everyone... Oh also forgot about that Iphone spin wheel thing... my god that’s a scam...

    Elizabeth Del castilloElizabeth Del castillo16 days ago
  • If they track me they better stop giving me Grammarly ads everywhere when I already have it.

    Skraftz I guessSkraftz I guess17 days ago
  • Wait, Google is one of the largest ad companies?

    Ajc 7575Ajc 757517 days ago
    • Google adsense. USworlds ads are all ran by Google.

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  • Saxon for President 2020

    MICheeHLMICheeHL17 days ago
  • Y isn't anyone talking bout' the date of the comment 🤔

    Bhargavi 1521Bhargavi 152117 days ago
  • Let's be honest, you all came from Timeworks

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    • Uh no.

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  • Thank god for Adblockers

    IronBahamutIronBahamut18 days ago
  • Why is the comment upload before the video was made

    jeffykkccjeffykkcc18 days ago
    • Because the video was made multiple months ago, got uploaded to youtube but was still marked as private. So somebody with the specific link to that video can already watch and comment on it. In conclusion, this video was just published a month ago

      o laulo laul17 days ago
  • Ironically the vid is just riddled with adware.

    S HS H18 days ago
  • 5:40 And some websites doesn't even let you say "no". If you say no it just send you to about:blank

    MinteckMinteck19 days ago
  • I appreciate the vote Saxon thing

    t0m 23t0m 2319 days ago
  • site: get do you want me to use cookies? me: no site: sorry you don't meet the requirements to access this web page

    BunnyBunny20 days ago
  • "Vote Saxon" I loved it !

    Olivier PirletOlivier Pirlet20 days ago
  • This was uploaded 1 month ago and it has a comment from 5 months.. ago?

    DeestriosXDeestriosX21 day ago
  • VOTE SAXON 🖤 We love a Who reference!

    Emma DudmanEmma Dudman21 day ago
  • why your pin say 5 month ago it was made 1 month ago

    Natasha ReedNatasha Reed21 day ago
  • This video is posted on Nov. 23'd, 2020. Tom's pinned comment is from 5 months ago... I am watching this on December 31st, 2020... a month after its release--- Thank you for blessing me with your knowledge kind time traveler.

    lMagicalMerlinlMagicalMerlin21 day ago
    • Thats no time travelling

      o laulo laul17 days ago
    • i did the same thing

      Natasha ReedNatasha Reed21 day ago
  • Every time I watch one of Tom's videos on computer science I feel like we are living in some sort of dystopian nightmare future.

    ZerobloodifyZerobloodify21 day ago
  • i think its funny that when the sites give you a switch for different cookies they don't actually tell you which is "on" and which is "off" we all just assume that black means off, but it would make more sense for these info hoarding Aholes to make you think you've turned everything off when infact you've turned it all on.

    Raptor JesusRaptor Jesus21 day ago
  • Vote Saxon

    Connor BellConnor Bell21 day ago
  • Those Superman Easter eggs. Brilliant, Tom and William.

    WillBillWillBill21 day ago
  • Tom scoot comment is 5 months old while video is 1 months old

  • They should make these illegal. Everything should be off by default.

    RO IHURO IHU22 days ago
  • Vote Saxon!

    Moley KunMoley Kun22 days ago
  • NoScript > Ad-Block

    All The Mikeys Are TakenAll The Mikeys Are Taken22 days ago
  • 5:23-5:27 NO means NO

    All The Mikeys Are TakenAll The Mikeys Are Taken22 days ago
  • 0:17 "Vote Saxon" Who's gotten to you

    Paul H.Paul H.22 days ago
  • Vote Saxon 😂😂😂

    Abi RobinsAbi Robins22 days ago
  • The cookies is the scary part yet most of the comments are focused on ads in general. I work in online ads and FYI too many ads absolutely drives down a sites traffic. We know this. In our industry, execs try to balance how many ads they can show with how many a user will tolerate e.g. user experience is important. But these ads also allow people running food blogs, for example, to make money off that blog, make more content with that money, and eventually make enough to turn that blog into a career. But yes we know the ads can be annoying. Every suggestion I make involves less ads. But just like supporting youtubers, these ads allow higher quality content to exist for free. Cookies are where it becomes greedy. They let advertisers pay more money to target specific groups, which isn’t surface level bad, but allowing random companies access to detailed profiles on us is a recipe for disaster.

    SockBotSockBot23 days ago
  • at 6:26 , right after you mentioned Google Chrome and Google search, I got an advertisement for Google ads ._.

  • Like in the South Park episodes...it's becoming increasingly difficult to differentiate between an article and an ad

    RealDarkBladeRealDarkBlade23 days ago
  • I love the "content" joke at 0:45.

    IraijusIraijus23 days ago
  • Thats just sad.

    LuxicLuxic23 days ago
  • vote saxon

    Field Marshal GaigField Marshal Gaig24 days ago
  • This is why i use a Adblock, because websites are too annoying with the crap they want to throw in my face.

    rickster4krickster4k24 days ago
  • This is why I've disabled JavaScript by default

    Pate JatePate Jate24 days ago
  • Well, let me go and delete my cookies....

    Alison SteAlison Ste24 days ago
  • 👀👀 VOTE SAXON ❎

    ohifonlyx33ohifonlyx3325 days ago
  • Any one else really want a cookie now? Like the chocolate chip kind

    Mia EMia E25 days ago
  • Irony not lost on me...... video on privacy interrupted by youtube adverts......

    Jim DeryJim Dery25 days ago
  • Or, just disable Javascript.

    E030E03E030E0325 days ago
  • Nice superman reference

    marc the furrymarc the furry25 days ago

    Pited ApolloPited Apollo26 days ago
  • Joke's on you advertisers - I'm broke. Advertise whatever you want.

    L HL H26 days ago
  • Who is here after timeworks video "This video's comment is older than the video"

    Ayman Arabi GamingAyman Arabi Gaming26 days ago
  • Fact: Look Her Tom Scott Comment *4 months ago* right? and look her description created *November 24 2020* *And Her Comment Is Older than her video*

    Allec De chavezAllec De chavez26 days ago
  • The most infuriating thing is when the site in response to a "no cookie" request deliberately takes it so literally as to not store a cookie with info about that "no cookies" preference. Instead, one of the million "third party" vendors or whatever is the option that enables the "yes/no" cookie, disguised behind some obscure company name. The advertisers and site designers will take the absolute piss at any given opportunity to try and squeeze a few extra cents. The ony thing i've seen work against the ever repeating cookie popup is, ironically, an adblock filter blocking that site element from loading.

    BlaxxunBlaxxun26 days ago
  • brave users stand up :sunglasses:

    Jacek Plays ❶Jacek Plays ❶27 days ago
  • Wait that comment is illegal

    eeggplanto eggoeeggplanto eggo27 days ago
  • Time works did a video about you

    Aaron GillisAaron Gillis28 days ago
  • Claim your 'free cookie' here

    weekndotterweekndotter28 days ago
  • Do I get milk with my cookies?

    N KN K28 days ago

    Robert LundyRobert Lundy28 days ago
  • You don't have a right to go on someone else's website and force them to not to allow cookies on you. Websites are the private property of their owners and you have no right to go on websites if you won't follow their rules. If you don't want your privacy invaded, don't go on sites that you know are taking away your privacy.

    TheOneToldTheOneTold29 days ago
  • pov: u were looking for Tom Scott comment

    Rafael Marvelous George TanudjajaRafael Marvelous George Tanudjaja29 days ago