This is what you’re nostalgic for
I believe we aren’t nostalgic for the technology, or the aesthetic, or even the open web ethos. What we’re nostalgic for is a time when outsiders were given a chance to do something fun, off to the side and left alone, because mainstream culture had no idea what the hell to do with this thing that was right in front of it.
A neat look at nostalgia from Jay Hoffmann. I definitely feel that “fondness” pop up every so often for things like the early days of Twitter, or how carefree things felt in college, or how incredible I felt first learning web development.thehistoryoftheweb.com