Why The Web Is Such A Mess

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

    Tom Scott

    پیش 5 ماه

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

    • ???


      پیش 14 ساعت

      Wtf this is older than video its really a mess

    • [Hello- It’s brandon]

      [Hello- It’s brandon]

      پیش 17 روز

    • GBOYG and GCOKYG SenorOggy Pack

      GBOYG and GCOKYG SenorOggy Pack

      پیش 20 روز

      4 months ago

    • PIXEL


      پیش 20 روز

      Watefoc el comentario es más viejo que el video

    • Lita Pita

      Lita Pita

      پیش 23 روز

      This comment was made before the video

  2. jamespottertje


    پیش 8 ساعت

    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"

  3. Aj Alfio [TTBA] [ABYP] [TTMT] [ALGR] [TBLA] [TRAF]

    Aj Alfio [TTBA] [ABYP] [TTMT] [ALGR] [TBLA] [TRAF]

    پیش 9 ساعت

    who's here cuz timeworks?

  4. Untouchable Players

    Untouchable Players

    پیش روز

    I came into this expecting to learn nothing. However, I learned a bit about reader view and how it has been abused. Thanks :)

  5. Evan Monsisvais

    Evan Monsisvais

    پیش روز

    Your Comment Glitch

  6. Neil Robinson

    Neil Robinson

    پیش روز

    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.

  7. Zydrex


    پیش 2 روز

    When the pinned comment is made before the video was uploaded

  8. Andrea K.

    Andrea K.

    پیش 2 روز

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

  9. The Champion

    The Champion

    پیش 2 روز

    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.

  10. Jesse Lindsey

    Jesse Lindsey

    پیش 3 روز

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

  11. plica06


    پیش 5 روز

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

  12. mosyemessy


    پیش 6 روز

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

  13. JONSON


    پیش 6 روز

    advertisers enable content like this to be produced.

  14. Krishan


    پیش 6 روز

    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.

  15. YS Production

    YS Production

    پیش 7 روز

    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.

  16. mini crewmate

    mini crewmate

    پیش 7 روز

    admit that you come there to see if timeworks is right

  17. สมชาย ชีช้าง

    สมชาย ชีช้าง

    پیش 7 روز

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

  18. สมชาย ชีช้าง

    สมชาย ชีช้าง

    پیش 7 روز

    i love how the comment is older than the video

  19. MsAlfred1996


    پیش 8 روز

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

  20. ?


    پیش 9 روز

    When T...

  21. シArixiello


    پیش 9 روز

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

  22. kashii chan

    kashii chan

    پیش 9 روز

    Thanks for ending on such a positive note, Tom!

  23. TheBobBrom


    پیش 9 روز

    Anyone else notice the Doctor Who E easter egg?

  24. Harrie Goston

    Harrie Goston

    پیش 10 روز

    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.

  25. Eddy


    پیش 10 روز

    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 😔

  26. semiku•


    پیش 10 روز

    Any one else is here for timeworks? 👇

    • some person on planet earth

      some person on planet earth

      پیش 8 روز

      stop asking for likes

  27. drego5


    پیش 10 روز

    LOVE the "Vote Saxon" popup!

  28. Mason Miller

    Mason Miller

    پیش 10 روز

    Thanks capitalism

  29. Silvia Sánchez

    Silvia Sánchez

    پیش 11 روز

    Bottom line: Use add blockers.

  30. Sticky Steve

    Sticky Steve

    پیش 11 روز

    Thanks for explaining what cookies are

  31. RT EDITS


    پیش 11 روز

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

  32. Last


    پیش 11 روز

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

  33. DDORV


    پیش 11 روز

    This is the reason why i enabled Ad blocker extension!

  34. Christina Marie Hicks

    Christina Marie Hicks

    پیش 12 روز

    Keylock vpn..ur trapped in..

  35. Elizabeth Del castillo

    Elizabeth Del castillo

    پیش 12 روز

    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...

  36. Skraftz I guess

    Skraftz I guess

    پیش 12 روز

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

  37. Ajc 7575

    Ajc 7575

    پیش 12 روز

    Wait, Google is one of the largest ad companies?

    • ᴊɪᴍ ʜᴀʟᴘᴇʀᴛ

      ᴊɪᴍ ʜᴀʟᴘᴇʀᴛ

      پیش 11 روز

      Google adsense. IRmys ads are all ran by Google.

  38. MICheeHL


    پیش 12 روز

    Saxon for President 2020

  39. Bhargavi 1521

    Bhargavi 1521

    پیش 12 روز

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

  40. ⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻


    پیش 12 روز

    Let's be honest, you all came from Timeworks

    • ᴊɪᴍ ʜᴀʟᴘᴇʀᴛ

      ᴊɪᴍ ʜᴀʟᴘᴇʀᴛ

      پیش 11 روز

      Uh no.

  41. IronBahamut


    پیش 13 روز

    Thank god for Adblockers

  42. jeffykkcc


    پیش 13 روز

    Why is the comment upload before the video was made

    • o laul

      o laul

      پیش 13 روز

      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

  43. S H

    S H

    پیش 13 روز

    Ironically the vid is just riddled with adware.

  44. Minteck


    پیش 15 روز

    5:40 And some websites doesn't even let you say "no". If you say no it just send you to about:blank

  45. t0m 23

    t0m 23

    پیش 15 روز

    I appreciate the vote Saxon thing

  46. Bunny


    پیش 15 روز

    site: get do you want me to use cookies? me: no site: sorry you don't meet the requirements to access this web page

  47. Olivier Pirlet

    Olivier Pirlet

    پیش 16 روز

    "Vote Saxon" I loved it !

  48. DeestriosX


    پیش 16 روز

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

  49. Emma Dudman

    Emma Dudman

    پیش 16 روز

    VOTE SAXON 🖤 We love a Who reference!

  50. Natasha Reed

    Natasha Reed

    پیش 16 روز

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

  51. lMagicalMerlin


    پیش 16 روز

    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

      پیش 13 روز

      Thats no time travelling

    • Natasha Reed

      Natasha Reed

      پیش 16 روز

      i did the same thing

  52. Zerobloodify


    پیش 17 روز

    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.

  53. Raptor Jesus

    Raptor Jesus

    پیش 17 روز

    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.

  54. Connor Bell

    Connor Bell

    پیش 17 روز

    Vote Saxon

  55. WillBill


    پیش 17 روز

    Those Superman Easter eggs. Brilliant, Tom and William.



    پیش 17 روز

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

  57. RO IHU

    RO IHU

    پیش 17 روز

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

  58. Moley Kun

    Moley Kun

    پیش 17 روز

    Vote Saxon!

  59. All The Mikeys Are Taken

    All The Mikeys Are Taken

    پیش 17 روز

    NoScript > Ad-Block

  60. All The Mikeys Are Taken

    All The Mikeys Are Taken

    پیش 17 روز

    5:23-5:27 NO means NO

  61. Paul H.

    Paul H.

    پیش 17 روز

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

  62. Abi Robins

    Abi Robins

    پیش 18 روز

    Vote Saxon 😂😂😂

  63. SockBot


    پیش 18 روز

    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.



    پیش 18 روز

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

  65. RealDarkBlade


    پیش 19 روز

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

  66. Iraijus


    پیش 19 روز

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

  67. Luxic


    پیش 19 روز

    Thats just sad.

  68. Field Marshal Gaig

    Field Marshal Gaig

    پیش 19 روز

    vote saxon

  69. rickster4k


    پیش 19 روز

    This is why i use a Adblock, because websites are too annoying with the crap they want to throw in my face.

  70. Pate Jate

    Pate Jate

    پیش 19 روز

    This is why I've disabled JavaScript by default

  71. Alison Ste

    Alison Ste

    پیش 19 روز

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

  72. ohifonlyx33


    پیش 20 روز

    👀👀 VOTE SAXON ❎

  73. Mia E

    Mia E

    پیش 20 روز

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

  74. Jim Dery

    Jim Dery

    پیش 20 روز

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

  75. E030E03


    پیش 21 روز

    Or, just disable Javascript.

  76. marc the furry

    marc the furry

    پیش 21 روز

    Nice superman reference

  77. Pited Apollo

    Pited Apollo

    پیش 21 روز


  78. L H

    L H

    پیش 21 روز

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

  79. Ayman Arabi Gaming

    Ayman Arabi Gaming

    پیش 21 روز

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

  80. Allec De chavez

    Allec De chavez

    پیش 21 روز

    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*

  81. Blaxxun


    پیش 22 روز

    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.

  82. Jacek Plays ❶

    Jacek Plays ❶

    پیش 22 روز

    brave users stand up :sunglasses:

  83. eeggplanto eggo

    eeggplanto eggo

    پیش 22 روز

    Wait that comment is illegal

  84. Aaron Gillis

    Aaron Gillis

    پیش 23 روز

    Time works did a video about you

  85. weekndotter


    پیش 23 روز

    Claim your 'free cookie' here

  86. N K

    N K

    پیش 23 روز

    Do I get milk with my cookies?

  87. Robert Lundy

    Robert Lundy

    پیش 23 روز


  88. TheOneTold


    پیش 24 روز

    You don't have a right to go on someone else's website and force them to not to allow cookies on you. Websites are the private property of their owners and you have no right to go on websites if you won't follow their rules. If you don't want your privacy invaded, don't go on sites that you know are taking away your privacy.

  89. Rafael Marvelous George Tanudjaja

    Rafael Marvelous George Tanudjaja

    پیش 24 روز

    pov: u were looking for Tom Scott comment

  90. Willton Wira Wibowo

    Willton Wira Wibowo

    پیش 24 روز

    who is here from timeworms video?

  91. sajjad hossan shimanto

    sajjad hossan shimanto

    پیش 24 روز

    And your comment is also a mess. Your video is 1 month old and your comment is 4 months old

  92. Oscar Macintyre

    Oscar Macintyre

    پیش 24 روز

    “Vote Saxon” *Doctor who music intensifies*

  93. Quang Sơn Lê

    Quang Sơn Lê

    پیش 24 روز


  94. Michael Moore

    Michael Moore

    پیش 24 روز

    After watching the latest video (about the greatest title sequence), I went back to this video and looked for the small details. Picked up on the "renticulating splines" joke, as well as the reference to work being replaced with "content" (see Tom's video on the onosecond).

  95. Darwin Maisner

    Darwin Maisner

    پیش 25 روز

    I started using Google because of no ads, but their business model has put ads on every website except theirs.

  96. Eatay Mizrachi

    Eatay Mizrachi

    پیش 25 روز

    Can anybody explain would happen in the UK in terms of GDPR after brexit?

  97. Akeldama


    پیش 25 روز



      پیش 25 روز

    • yetgamercool123


      پیش 25 روز

  98. Edvards Kaļva

    Edvards Kaļva

    پیش 25 روز

    did you add the reverb post recording?

  99. rock hayter

    rock hayter

    پیش 25 روز


  100. Supss_


    پیش 25 روز

    0:17 vote saxon that’s a doctor who reference