Why The Web Is Such A Mess

Tim Berners-Lee envisioned a "universal information system". What went wrong? • MORE BASICS: nolocal.info/section/PL96C35uN7xGLLeET0dOWaKHkAlPsrkcha
Written with Sean Elliott SeanMElliott/ • Camera by Tomek • Graphics by William Marler wmad.co.uk
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  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott5 måneder siden

    The thing behind me is the Centre for Computing History's Megaprocessor. It plays Tetris.

  • ???


    9 dager siden

    Wtf this is older than video its really a mess

  • [Hello- It’s brandon]

    [Hello- It’s brandon]

    26 dager siden

  • Beaners TV.

    Beaners TV.

    29 dager siden

    4 months ago



    29 dager siden

    Watefoc el comentario es más viejo que el video

  • Lita Pita

    Lita Pita

    Måned siden

    This comment was made before the video

  • Tamar Weiss
    Tamar Weiss17 timer siden

    The lesson of the day: advertisers are just the worst.

  • HiZombies
    HiZombies17 timer siden

    The vote Saxon pop up is amazing

  • Vynnie v
    Vynnie vDag siden

    You know, I kinda like that you didn't offer some sort of... solution, or something. You simply told us Why.

  • Serveck
    ServeckDag siden

    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...

    ORENEDag siden

    What the...

  • Hazlan Bahauddin
    Hazlan BahauddinDag siden

    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 Grey2 dager siden

    That demonstration with Superman was brilliant.

  • just_ mal
    just_ mal2 dager siden

    does british web have biscuits

  • CharTee _
    CharTee _3 dager siden

    When a mobile game needs your contacts to play or else "it won't work"

  • HT 7
    HT 74 dager siden

    AYYYYYYYY VOTE SAXON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jon dow
    Jon dow4 dager siden


  • KL sz
    KL sz4 dager siden

    Client-Side Storage: CSS Cascading Style Sheets:

  • Sarada Amanchi
    Sarada Amanchi4 dager siden

    Did this guy comment before this video was made

  • Windows 10
    Windows 105 dager siden

    vid: 1 month ago comment: 5 month ago

  • Hermogenes Saulog
    Hermogenes Saulog5 dager siden

    fun fact:your here becuz of DJ Cook

  • charmeleon evolves
    charmeleon evolves5 dager siden

    The spider who clicked this video: interesting

  • The Council
    The Council6 dager siden

    I just wanna get rid of advertisers its not like their ads make me buy their product the opposit actually

  • mustache games
    mustache games6 dager siden

    Hold on why is your comment 5 months ago while your video is 1 month ago wierd

  • K H
    K H6 dager siden

    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
    K H6 dager siden

    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
    jamespottertje9 dager siden

    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"

  • Aj Alfio [TTBA] [ABYP] [TTMT] [ALGR] [TBLA] [TRAF]
    Aj Alfio [TTBA] [ABYP] [TTMT] [ALGR] [TBLA] [TRAF]9 dager siden

    who's here cuz timeworks?

  • Untouchable Players
    Untouchable Players10 dager siden

    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 Monsisvais10 dager siden

    Your Comment Glitch

  • Neil Robinson
    Neil Robinson10 dager siden

    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
    Zydrex11 dager siden

    When the pinned comment is made before the video was uploaded

  • Andrea K.
    Andrea K.11 dager siden

    Tom :"advertisers are not people" me: an advertizer 😲

  • The Champion
    The Champion11 dager siden

    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 Lindsey12 dager siden

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

  • plica06
    plica0614 dager siden

    What annoys me is pop ups that my ad blocker can't block.

  • mosyemessy
    mosyemessy15 dager siden

    Kind of disappointed this didn't end with a vpn ad. 😁😁

    JONSON15 dager siden

    advertisers enable content like this to be produced.

  • Krishan
    Krishan15 dager siden

    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 Production16 dager siden

    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 crewmate16 dager siden

    admit that you come there to see if timeworks is right

  • สมชาย ชีช้าง
    สมชาย ชีช้าง16 dager siden

    the video is 1 months ago and the pinned comment is older than the video

  • สมชาย ชีช้าง
    สมชาย ชีช้าง16 dager siden

    i love how the comment is older than the video

  • MsAlfred1996
    MsAlfred199617 dager siden

    Wonderful video. Conclusion: use only free software if you care about your privacy

  • ?
    ?18 dager siden

    When T...

  • シArixiello
    シArixiello18 dager siden

    Watch the video carefully because the web (including NOlocal,) is a mess.

  • kashii chan
    kashii chan18 dager siden

    Thanks for ending on such a positive note, Tom!

  • TheBobBrom
    TheBobBrom18 dager siden

    Anyone else notice the Doctor Who E easter egg?

  • Harrie Goston
    Harrie Goston19 dager siden

    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
    Eddy19 dager siden

    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•
    semiku•19 dager siden

    Any one else is here for timeworks? 👇

  • some person on planet earth

    some person on planet earth

    17 dager siden

    stop asking for likes

  • drego5
    drego520 dager siden

    LOVE the "Vote Saxon" popup!

  • Mason Miller
    Mason Miller20 dager siden

    Thanks capitalism

  • Silvia Sánchez
    Silvia Sánchez20 dager siden

    Bottom line: Use add blockers.

  • Sticky Steve
    Sticky Steve20 dager siden

    Thanks for explaining what cookies are

    RT EDITS20 dager siden

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

  • Last
    Last20 dager siden

    They should hire a line monitor like they used to in grade shcool.

    DDORV21 dag siden

    This is the reason why i enabled Ad blocker extension!

  • Christina Marie Hicks
    Christina Marie Hicks21 dag siden

    Keylock vpn..ur trapped in..

  • Elizabeth Del castillo
    Elizabeth Del castillo21 dag siden

    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 guess21 dag siden

    If they track me they better stop giving me Grammarly ads everywhere when I already have it.

  • Ajc 7575
    Ajc 757521 dag siden

    Wait, Google is one of the largest ad companies?

  • ᴊɪᴍ ʜᴀʟᴘᴇʀᴛ

    ᴊɪᴍ ʜᴀʟᴘᴇʀᴛ

    20 dager siden

    Google adsense. NOlocal ads are all ran by Google.

  • MICheeHL
    MICheeHL21 dag siden

    Saxon for President 2020

  • Bhargavi 1521
    Bhargavi 152121 dag siden

    Y isn't anyone talking bout' the date of the comment 🤔

  • ⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻
    ⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻22 dager siden

    Let's be honest, you all came from Timeworks

  • ᴊɪᴍ ʜᴀʟᴘᴇʀᴛ

    ᴊɪᴍ ʜᴀʟᴘᴇʀᴛ

    20 dager siden

    Uh no.

  • IronBahamut
    IronBahamut22 dager siden

    Thank god for Adblockers

  • jeffykkcc
    jeffykkcc22 dager siden

    Why is the comment upload before the video was made

  • o laul

    o laul

    22 dager siden

    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
    S H22 dager siden

    Ironically the vid is just riddled with adware.

  • Minteck
    Minteck24 dager siden

    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 2324 dager siden

    I appreciate the vote Saxon thing

  • Bunny
    Bunny24 dager siden

    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 Pirlet25 dager siden

    "Vote Saxon" I loved it !

  • DeestriosX
    DeestriosX25 dager siden

    This was uploaded 1 month ago and it has a comment from 5 months.. ago?

  • Emma Dudman
    Emma Dudman25 dager siden

    VOTE SAXON 🖤 We love a Who reference!

  • Natasha Reed
    Natasha Reed25 dager siden

    why your pin say 5 month ago it was made 1 month ago

  • lMagicalMerlin
    lMagicalMerlin25 dager siden

    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

    22 dager siden

    Thats no time travelling

  • Natasha Reed

    Natasha Reed

    25 dager siden

    i did the same thing

  • Zerobloodify
    Zerobloodify26 dager siden

    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 Jesus26 dager siden

    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 Bell26 dager siden

    Vote Saxon

  • WillBill
    WillBill26 dager siden

    Those Superman Easter eggs. Brilliant, Tom and William.

    FREDDIE REAGAN26 dager siden

    Tom scoot comment is 5 months old while video is 1 months old

  • RO IHU
    RO IHU26 dager siden

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

  • Moley Kun
    Moley Kun26 dager siden

    Vote Saxon!

  • All The Mikeys Are Taken
    All The Mikeys Are Taken26 dager siden

    NoScript > Ad-Block

  • All The Mikeys Are Taken
    All The Mikeys Are Taken26 dager siden

    5:23-5:27 NO means NO

  • Paul H.
    Paul H.26 dager siden

    0:17 "Vote Saxon" Who's gotten to you

  • Abi Robins
    Abi Robins27 dager siden

    Vote Saxon 😂😂😂

  • SockBot
    SockBot27 dager siden

    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 GUPTA27 dager siden

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

  • RealDarkBlade
    RealDarkBlade28 dager siden

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

  • Iraijus
    Iraijus28 dager siden

    I love the "content" joke at 0:45.

  • Luxic
    Luxic28 dager siden

    Thats just sad.

  • Field Marshal Gaig
    Field Marshal Gaig28 dager siden

    vote saxon

  • rickster4k
    rickster4k28 dager siden

    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 Jate28 dager siden

    This is why I've disabled JavaScript by default

  • Alison Ste
    Alison Ste28 dager siden

    Well, let me go and delete my cookies....

  • ohifonlyx33
    ohifonlyx3329 dager siden

    👀👀 VOTE SAXON ❎

  • Mia E
    Mia E29 dager siden

    Any one else really want a cookie now? Like the chocolate chip kind

  • Jim Dery
    Jim Dery29 dager siden

    Irony not lost on me...... video on privacy interrupted by youtube adverts......

  • E030E03
    E030E03Måned siden

    Or, just disable Javascript.

  • marc the furry
    marc the furryMåned siden

    Nice superman reference

  • Pited Apollo
    Pited ApolloMåned siden


  • L H
    L HMåned siden

    Joke's on you advertisers - I'm broke. Advertise whatever you want.

  • Ayman Arabi Gaming
    Ayman Arabi GamingMåned siden

    Who is here after timeworks video "This video's comment is older than the video"

  • Allec De chavez
    Allec De chavezMåned siden

    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*