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A Day Without Webcomic Host Sites

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Dec. 18, 2017

(The idea of this post piggybacks on Tantz's article on Net Neutrality, which was inspired by Jillyfoo's forum thread on the same topic. Jillyfoo coined the phrase “planting the worry seeds” in the forum post in order to consider the worst possible outcome.)

I would go outside and take a walk if I woke up one morning to discover that smaller webcomic host sites were no longer online. Along the walk, I would appreciate the sunlight and bask in new day filled with inspiration. I might stop at a place for some hot tea or coffee and quickly scribble down my ideas in storyboards and then begin thinking about the page dialogue in my head. Then I would return home, set up a new sheet of paper on my drafting desk, and begin to draw a new page. I would keep drawing to get the stories in my head down on paper even if there was no longer a community platform to share stories.

At the end of the day, the removal of net neutrality would only limit the spread of creative ideas, but it would not be the end of all creativity.

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fallopiancrusader at 2:13PM, Dec. 20, 2017

I predict a revival of physically based communication modalities. Networks of artists will send physical media back and forth to each other through the post, just like we did back in the 1980s. Creativity won't be eliminated, it will just propagate at glacial speeds.

ozoneocean at 8:34PM, Dec. 19, 2017

Possibly dark days ahead.

AmeliaP at 7:03AM, Dec. 19, 2017

Seems affected youtube with external links for owner sites, blocking it for any video under 10,000 views (the magic number). I'll test and see it.

thunderdavid at 4:52PM, Dec. 18, 2017

But you know what. What if this Net Neutral bull shit money making goes in effect and in all the chaos and restrictions, some other new Net is created? Some new network and requires it's own browser and coding. Allowing millions of users to exchange and provide information to each other. As people, we can get creative when the pressure is on us. come up with some new and unseen. I'm not going pay another $5 to my cable company so I can view my $19.99 netflix who just came out with Punisher season 6. No, I'll just wait for the next WWW and next Google, the next DuckWeb. As fast as technology runs, there will be something developed out of this.

AmeliaP at 8:02AM, Dec. 18, 2017

My game developer buddies who were creating multiplayer games are freaking out. The end of the net neutrality is messing with the server for smaller developers (I'm a single player game developer, so it won't affect the Kings Club game, but, man, I'm sorry for my game dev buddies.). If DrunkDuck is doing the fusion dance with another host, I'm praying for Comic Fury o__o (Man, seriously, SmackJeeves has NOTHING similar to our audience and us.).

bravo1102 at 4:17AM, Dec. 18, 2017

Improvise, adapt, overcome. Would Deviant art go away? Itd end up as the Starz or Bravo of the Internet options offered by Verizon. Go back to the old 720 x 640 72 dpi images for low speed downloads and we'd all be back in the 1990s. I still have "web optimized " images like that from when I first started back in 2002. 56k internet speed! Eek@

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