Why do people write things and put them on the Internet, then make it hard for others to read them? Or hard to share? Or hard to comment on?
OK, I understand a bit the large print publications that are trying to find a way to stay alive and stay profitable. But I’m talking about some of the average people who find it necessary to put pop-up displays, or have designs that make it difficult to read a single article, or have RSS feeds that only display a few words of the article. (Yeah, I know… I’m getting technical)
It’s not easy for us 20th-century types to grasp the new paradigms of the digital age. I guess that’s a big part of it. We’re worried that others will steal our ideas, misuse our words, or write abusive things on our sites. They will. But that’s part of getting your thoughts out there. When you make it hard for others to share your words with others, you limit your audience. When you make your site difficult to access, people will go elsewhere where they can find similar thoughts more easily. When you make it hard to participate, you lose those who would contribute to your site.
There will be intellectual thieves. There will be Internet trolls. There will be malicious individuals.
And there will be those that will read your ideas and grow from them. There will be those that will interact with you and help you to sharpen your thinking.
And that’s what it’s all about.