Why The Web Is Such A Mess

Tim Berners-Lee envisioned a "universal information system". What went wrong? • MORE BASICS: althe.info/desk/PL96C35uN7xGLLeET0dOWaKHkAlPsrkcha.html
Written with Sean Elliott SeanMElliott/ • Camera by Tomek • Graphics by William Marler wmad.co.uk
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  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott5 muaj më parë

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

  • ???


    7 ditë më parë

    Wtf this is older than video its really a mess

  • [Hello- It’s brandon]

    [Hello- It’s brandon]

    24 ditë më parë

  • GBOYG and GCOKYG SenorOggy Pack

    GBOYG and GCOKYG SenorOggy Pack

    27 ditë më parë

    4 months ago



    27 ditë më parë

    Watefoc el comentario es más viejo que el video

  • Lita Pita

    Lita Pita

    Muaj më parë

    This comment was made before the video

  • Sophie Grey
    Sophie Grey3 orë më parë

    That demonstration with Superman was brilliant.

  • just_ mal
    just_ mal8 orë më parë

    does british web have biscuits

  • CharTee _
    CharTee _Ditë më parë

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

  • HT 7
    HT 72 ditë më parë

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

  • Jon dow
    Jon dow2 ditë më parë


  • KL sz
    KL sz2 ditë më parë

    Client-Side Storage: CSS Cascading Style Sheets:

  • Sarada Amanchi
    Sarada Amanchi2 ditë më parë

    Did this guy comment before this video was made

  • Windows 10
    Windows 103 ditë më parë

    vid: 1 month ago comment: 5 month ago

  • Hermogenes Saulog
    Hermogenes Saulog3 ditë më parë

    fun fact:your here becuz of DJ Cook

  • charmeleon evolves
    charmeleon evolves3 ditë më parë

    The spider who clicked this video: interesting

  • The Council
    The Council4 ditë më parë

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

  • mustache games
    mustache games4 ditë më parë

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

  • K H
    K H4 ditë më parë

    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 H4 ditë më parë

    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
    jamespottertje7 ditë më parë

    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]7 ditë më parë

    who's here cuz timeworks?

  • Untouchable Players
    Untouchable Players8 ditë më parë

    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 Monsisvais8 ditë më parë

    Your Comment Glitch

  • Neil Robinson
    Neil Robinson8 ditë më parë

    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
    Zydrex9 ditë më parë

    When the pinned comment is made before the video was uploaded

  • Andrea K.
    Andrea K.9 ditë më parë

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

  • The Champion
    The Champion9 ditë më parë

    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 Lindsey10 ditë më parë

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

  • plica06
    plica0612 ditë më parë

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

  • mosyemessy
    mosyemessy13 ditë më parë

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

    JONSON13 ditë më parë

    advertisers enable content like this to be produced.

  • Krishan
    Krishan13 ditë më parë

    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 Production14 ditë më parë

    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 crewmate14 ditë më parë

    admit that you come there to see if timeworks is right

  • สมชาย ชีช้าง
    สมชาย ชีช้าง14 ditë më parë

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

  • สมชาย ชีช้าง
    สมชาย ชีช้าง14 ditë më parë

    i love how the comment is older than the video

  • MsAlfred1996
    MsAlfred199615 ditë më parë

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

  • ?
    ?16 ditë më parë

    When T...

  • シArixiello
    シArixiello16 ditë më parë

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

  • kashii chan
    kashii chan16 ditë më parë

    Thanks for ending on such a positive note, Tom!

  • TheBobBrom
    TheBobBrom16 ditë më parë

    Anyone else notice the Doctor Who E easter egg?

  • Harrie Goston
    Harrie Goston17 ditë më parë

    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
    Eddy17 ditë më parë

    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•17 ditë më parë

    Any one else is here for timeworks? 👇

  • some person on planet earth

    some person on planet earth

    15 ditë më parë

    stop asking for likes

  • drego5
    drego518 ditë më parë

    LOVE the "Vote Saxon" popup!

  • Mason Miller
    Mason Miller18 ditë më parë

    Thanks capitalism

  • Silvia Sánchez
    Silvia Sánchez18 ditë më parë

    Bottom line: Use add blockers.

  • Sticky Steve
    Sticky Steve18 ditë më parë

    Thanks for explaining what cookies are

    RT EDITS18 ditë më parë

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

  • Last
    Last18 ditë më parë

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

    DDORV19 ditë më parë

    This is the reason why i enabled Ad blocker extension!

  • Christina Marie Hicks
    Christina Marie Hicks19 ditë më parë

    Keylock vpn..ur trapped in..

  • Elizabeth Del castillo
    Elizabeth Del castillo19 ditë më parë

    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 guess19 ditë më parë

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

  • Ajc 7575
    Ajc 757519 ditë më parë

    Wait, Google is one of the largest ad companies?

  • ᴊɪᴍ ʜᴀʟᴘᴇʀᴛ

    ᴊɪᴍ ʜᴀʟᴘᴇʀᴛ

    18 ditë më parë

    Google adsense. ALthe ads are all ran by Google.

  • MICheeHL
    MICheeHL19 ditë më parë

    Saxon for President 2020

  • Bhargavi 1521
    Bhargavi 152119 ditë më parë

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

  • ⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻
    ⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻20 ditë më parë

    Let's be honest, you all came from Timeworks

  • ᴊɪᴍ ʜᴀʟᴘᴇʀᴛ

    ᴊɪᴍ ʜᴀʟᴘᴇʀᴛ

    18 ditë më parë

    Uh no.

  • IronBahamut
    IronBahamut20 ditë më parë

    Thank god for Adblockers

  • jeffykkcc
    jeffykkcc20 ditë më parë

    Why is the comment upload before the video was made

  • o laul

    o laul

    20 ditë më parë

    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 H20 ditë më parë

    Ironically the vid is just riddled with adware.

  • Minteck
    Minteck22 ditë më parë

    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 2322 ditë më parë

    I appreciate the vote Saxon thing

  • Bunny
    Bunny22 ditë më parë

    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 Pirlet23 ditë më parë

    "Vote Saxon" I loved it !

  • DeestriosX
    DeestriosX23 ditë më parë

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

  • Emma Dudman
    Emma Dudman23 ditë më parë

    VOTE SAXON 🖤 We love a Who reference!

  • Natasha Reed
    Natasha Reed23 ditë më parë

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

  • lMagicalMerlin
    lMagicalMerlin23 ditë më parë

    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

    20 ditë më parë

    Thats no time travelling

  • Natasha Reed

    Natasha Reed

    23 ditë më parë

    i did the same thing

  • Zerobloodify
    Zerobloodify24 ditë më parë

    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 Jesus24 ditë më parë

    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 Bell24 ditë më parë

    Vote Saxon

  • WillBill
    WillBill24 ditë më parë

    Those Superman Easter eggs. Brilliant, Tom and William.

    FREDDIE REAGAN24 ditë më parë

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

  • RO IHU
    RO IHU24 ditë më parë

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

  • Moley Kun
    Moley Kun24 ditë më parë

    Vote Saxon!

  • All The Mikeys Are Taken
    All The Mikeys Are Taken24 ditë më parë

    NoScript > Ad-Block

  • All The Mikeys Are Taken
    All The Mikeys Are Taken24 ditë më parë

    5:23-5:27 NO means NO

  • Paul H.
    Paul H.24 ditë më parë

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

  • Abi Robins
    Abi Robins25 ditë më parë

    Vote Saxon 😂😂😂

  • SockBot
    SockBot25 ditë më parë

    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 GUPTA26 ditë më parë

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

  • RealDarkBlade
    RealDarkBlade26 ditë më parë

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

  • Iraijus
    Iraijus26 ditë më parë

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

  • Luxic
    Luxic26 ditë më parë

    Thats just sad.

  • Field Marshal Gaig
    Field Marshal Gaig26 ditë më parë

    vote saxon

  • rickster4k
    rickster4k26 ditë më parë

    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 Jate26 ditë më parë

    This is why I've disabled JavaScript by default

  • Alison Ste
    Alison Ste26 ditë më parë

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

  • ohifonlyx33
    ohifonlyx3327 ditë më parë

    👀👀 VOTE SAXON ❎

  • Mia E
    Mia E27 ditë më parë

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

  • Jim Dery
    Jim Dery27 ditë më parë

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

  • E030E03
    E030E0328 ditë më parë

    Or, just disable Javascript.

  • marc the furry
    marc the furry28 ditë më parë

    Nice superman reference

  • Pited Apollo
    Pited Apollo28 ditë më parë


  • L H
    L H28 ditë më parë

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

  • Ayman Arabi Gaming
    Ayman Arabi Gaming28 ditë më parë

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

  • Allec De chavez
    Allec De chavez29 ditë më parë

    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
    Blaxxun29 ditë më parë

    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 ❶29 ditë më parë

    brave users stand up :sunglasses:

  • eeggplanto eggo
    eeggplanto eggo29 ditë më parë

    Wait that comment is illegal

  • Aaron Gillis
    Aaron GillisMuaj më parë

    Time works did a video about you

  • weekndotter
    weekndotterMuaj më parë

    Claim your 'free cookie' here

  • N K
    N KMuaj më parë

    Do I get milk with my cookies?

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