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Just watched this documentary on Netflix and really enjoyed it. It’s not a very exploratory documentary or one that necessarily takes a call to action, but for those of us that were too young to fully understand the news that was coming out at the time or simply didn’t pay enough attention it is a great review of what is probably the advent that kicked off most of the trends on the internet today. In a sense Napster being the first major platform that focused on “sharing” drives us in the social direction of web 2.0. It is really interesting to hear from the team behind it and realize just how naive they were (or at least how naive they want us to think they were) to what they were allowing people to do. Ultimately it’s pretty safe to say that there are multiple ways the music industry could have worked with them instead that may have led to a more desirable outcome for everyone, but that’s after much hindsight. The story of the internet has evolved in a way that it is very much a mythology and I find it funny that Sean Parker seems to be taking on the Satan role or at least one that repeatedly shows up in key moments. I would definitely recommend this documentary for anyone that wants to learn how technology got to the point it’s at today or if you simply want the nostalgia of that late 90s/early 2000s era. Plus it was directed by BIll from Bill and Ted, so that’s pretty cool right?