Why The Web Is Such A Mess

Tom Scott
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Tim Berners-Lee envisioned a "universal information system". What went wrong? • MORE BASICS: ruvid.net/group/PL96C35uN7xGLLeET0dOWaKHkAlPsrkcha
Written with Sean Elliott twitter.com/SeanMElliott/ • Camera by Tomek • Graphics by William Marler wmad.co.uk
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Nov 23, 2020




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Tom Scott
Tom Scott 5 months ago
The thing behind me is the Centre for Computing History's Megaprocessor. It plays Tetris.
??? 8 days ago
Wtf this is older than video its really a mess
GBOYG and GCOKYG SenorOggy Pack
4 months ago
PIXEL 28 days ago
Watefoc el comentario es más viejo que el video
Lita Pita
Lita Pita Month ago
This comment was made before the video
Vynnie v
Vynnie v Hour ago
You know, I kinda like that you didn't offer some sort of... solution, or something. You simply told us Why.
Serveck 8 hours ago
Install an adblocker on firefox and you can see how much code and memory use it has to chugg through just to strip all the garbage out of most websites. Often slowing down older computers, defeating the purpose of having faster internet...
ORENE 12 hours ago
What the...
Hazlan Bahauddin
Hazlan Bahauddin 17 hours ago
I came here for the glitch of the comment was typed 5 months ago and this video uploaded in 2 months ago
Sophie Grey
Sophie Grey Day ago
That demonstration with Superman was brilliant.
just_ mal
just_ mal Day ago
does british web have biscuits
CharTee _
CharTee _ 2 days ago
When a mobile game needs your contacts to play or else "it won't work"
HT 7
HT 7 3 days ago
AYYYYYYYY VOTE SAXON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jon dow
Jon dow 3 days ago
KL sz
KL sz 3 days ago
Client-Side Storage: CSS Cascading Style Sheets:
Sarada Amanchi
Sarada Amanchi 3 days ago
Did this guy comment before this video was made
Windows 10
Windows 10 4 days ago
vid: 1 month ago comment: 5 month ago
Hermogenes Saulog
fun fact:your here becuz of DJ Cook
charmeleon evolves
The spider who clicked this video: interesting
The Council
The Council 5 days ago
I just wanna get rid of advertisers its not like their ads make me buy their product the opposit actually
mustache games
mustache games 5 days ago
Hold on why is your comment 5 months ago while your video is 1 month ago wierd
K H 5 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 H 5 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.
jamespottertje 8 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"
who's here cuz timeworks?
Untouchable Players
I came into this expecting to learn nothing. However, I learned a bit about reader view and how it has been abused. Thanks :)
Evan Monsisvais
Evan Monsisvais 9 days ago
Your Comment Glitch
Neil Robinson
Neil Robinson 9 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.
Zydrex 10 days ago
When the pinned comment is made before the video was uploaded
Andrea K.
Andrea K. 10 days ago
Tom :"advertisers are not people" me: an advertizer 😲
The Champion
The Champion 10 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.
Jesse Lindsey
Jesse Lindsey 11 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.
plica06 13 days ago
What annoys me is pop ups that my ad blocker can't block.
mosyemessy 14 days ago
Kind of disappointed this didn't end with a vpn ad. 😁😁
JONSON 14 days ago
advertisers enable content like this to be produced.
Krishan 14 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.
YS Production
YS Production 15 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.
mini crewmate
mini crewmate 15 days ago
admit that you come there to see if timeworks is right
สมชาย ชีช้าง
the video is 1 months ago and the pinned comment is older than the video
สมชาย ชีช้าง
i love how the comment is older than the video
MsAlfred1996 16 days ago
Wonderful video. Conclusion: use only free software if you care about your privacy
? 17 days ago
When T...
シArixiello 17 days ago
Watch the video carefully because the web (including RUvid,) is a mess.
kashii chan
kashii chan 17 days ago
Thanks for ending on such a positive note, Tom!
TheBobBrom 17 days ago
Anyone else notice the Doctor Who E easter egg?
Harrie Goston
Harrie Goston 18 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.
Eddy 18 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 😔
semiku• 18 days ago
Any one else is here for timeworks? 👇
some person on planet earth
stop asking for likes
drego5 18 days ago
LOVE the "Vote Saxon" popup!
Mason Miller
Mason Miller 19 days ago
Thanks capitalism
Silvia Sánchez
Silvia Sánchez 19 days ago
Bottom line: Use add blockers.
Sticky Steve
Sticky Steve 19 days ago
Thanks for explaining what cookies are
RT EDITS 19 days ago
I like how no one is talking about " video was made 1 month ago and comment is 5 months old -_-
Last 19 days ago
They should hire a line monitor like they used to in grade shcool.
DDORV 19 days ago
This is the reason why i enabled Ad blocker extension!
Christina Marie Hicks
Keylock vpn..ur trapped in..
Elizabeth Del castillo
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...
Skraftz I guess
Skraftz I guess 20 days ago
If they track me they better stop giving me Grammarly ads everywhere when I already have it.
Ajc 7575
Ajc 7575 20 days ago
Wait, Google is one of the largest ad companies?
ᴊɪᴍ ʜᴀʟᴘᴇʀᴛ
Google adsense. RUvid ads are all ran by Google.
MICheeHL 20 days ago
Saxon for President 2020
Bhargavi 1521
Bhargavi 1521 20 days ago
Y isn't anyone talking bout' the date of the comment 🤔
ᴊɪᴍ ʜᴀʟᴘᴇʀᴛ
Uh no.
IronBahamut 21 day ago
Thank god for Adblockers
jeffykkcc 21 day ago
Why is the comment upload before the video was made
o laul
o laul 21 day 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
S H 21 day ago
Ironically the vid is just riddled with adware.
Minteck 23 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
t0m 23
t0m 23 23 days ago
I appreciate the vote Saxon thing
Bunny 23 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
Olivier Pirlet
Olivier Pirlet 24 days ago
"Vote Saxon" I loved it !
DeestriosX 24 days ago
This was uploaded 1 month ago and it has a comment from 5 months.. ago?
Emma Dudman
Emma Dudman 24 days ago
VOTE SAXON 🖤 We love a Who reference!
Natasha Reed
Natasha Reed 24 days ago
why your pin say 5 month ago it was made 1 month ago
lMagicalMerlin 24 days 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.
o laul
o laul 21 day ago
Thats no time travelling
Natasha Reed
Natasha Reed 24 days ago
i did the same thing
Zerobloodify 25 days 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.
Raptor Jesus
Raptor Jesus 25 days 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.
Connor Bell
Connor Bell 25 days ago
Vote Saxon
WillBill 25 days ago
Those Superman Easter eggs. Brilliant, Tom and William.
FREDDIE REAGAN 25 days ago
Tom scoot comment is 5 months old while video is 1 months old
RO IHU 25 days ago
They should make these illegal. Everything should be off by default.
Moley Kun
Moley Kun 25 days ago
Vote Saxon!
All The Mikeys Are Taken
NoScript > Ad-Block
All The Mikeys Are Taken
5:23-5:27 NO means NO
Paul H.
Paul H. 25 days ago
0:17 "Vote Saxon" Who's gotten to you
Abi Robins
Abi Robins 26 days ago
Vote Saxon 😂😂😂
SockBot 26 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.
ANUJ GUPTA 26 days ago
at 6:26 , right after you mentioned Google Chrome and Google search, I got an advertisement for Google ads ._.
RealDarkBlade 27 days ago
Like in the South Park episodes...it's becoming increasingly difficult to differentiate between an article and an ad
Iraijus 27 days ago
I love the "content" joke at 0:45.
Luxic 27 days ago
Thats just sad.
Field Marshal Gaig
Field Marshal Gaig 27 days ago
vote saxon
rickster4k 27 days ago
This is why i use a Adblock, because websites are too annoying with the crap they want to throw in my face.
Pate Jate
Pate Jate 27 days ago
This is why I've disabled JavaScript by default
Alison Ste
Alison Ste 27 days ago
Well, let me go and delete my cookies....
ohifonlyx33 28 days ago
Mia E
Mia E 28 days ago
Any one else really want a cookie now? Like the chocolate chip kind
Jim Dery
Jim Dery 28 days ago
Irony not lost on me...... video on privacy interrupted by youtube adverts......
E030E03 29 days ago
Or, just disable Javascript.
marc the furry
marc the furry 29 days ago
Nice superman reference
Pited Apollo
Pited Apollo 29 days ago
L H 29 days ago
Joke's on you advertisers - I'm broke. Advertise whatever you want.
Ayman Arabi Gaming
Ayman Arabi Gaming 29 days ago
Who is here after timeworks video "This video's comment is older than the video"
Allec De chavez
Allec De chavez 29 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*
Blaxxun Month 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.
Jacek Plays ❶
Jacek Plays ❶ Month ago
brave users stand up :sunglasses:
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