The web sucks. The internet is almost entirely bloated and has been for a long time.
Anyone who knows me well enough knows that I loathe advertising and commercials. I hate ads on the web because they draw attention from the reason I visited a page and sometimes even fly across the screen or cover it up.
Then you have tracking cookies on the web. Almost every website has multiple trackers and things running in the background to fingerprint you. They follow you across the web from website to website to build a profile on you to serve you ads. There is so much more privacy-related stuff to go into, but I'll save that for another post.
The web is practically unusable if you try browsing it without any ad blockers installed in your browser or device. If you have any blockers at all, turn them off or disable them and try surfing the web and you'll see what a bloated mess it is. If you have a slow internet connection or computer, you may not be able to surf it much at all.
I'll digress slightly here and put in a plug for Pi-hole. Pi-hole is an open-source project that provides network-level ad blocking for any device on the same network. It's the best thing to happen to the bloated mess we call the web. I use it at home, at work and when away from both with a Pi-hole setup with OpenVPN. Pi-hole has helped me keep some of my sanity while online. It has done so by blocking over 3 million ads and other known malicious websites, trackers, crypto miners, and so much more. It's not 100% effective, but it's damn close.
I can't agree more with the ethos and philosophy of the folks over at suckless.org and particularly on their page about how the web sucks. I've felt this way for many years and contributed to it myself with Wordpress for a while. I used to serve some ads on my site about ten years ago when it was the cool thing to do. I made a few bucks at it, but it took several years to accumulate to anything significant.
Now I draw inspiration from suckless.org and another person, Luke Smith, who is a self-professed minimalist with his own life and software choices. I had a post on the old website about minimalism in my own life. I'll get it re-posted on this new website in time. However, I'm getting back to minimalism some areas, such as my computing and web life.