Why The Web Is Such A Mess

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

    Tom Scott

    5 сарын өмнө

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

    • [Hello- It’s brandon]

      [Hello- It’s brandon]

      17 өдрийн өмнө

    • GBOYG and GCOKYG SenorOggy Pack

      GBOYG and GCOKYG SenorOggy Pack

      19 өдрийн өмнө

      4 months ago

    • PIXEL


      20 өдрийн өмнө

      Watefoc el comentario es más viejo que el video

    • Lita Pita

      Lita Pita

      23 өдрийн өмнө

      This comment was made before the video

    • π


      29 өдрийн өмнө

      Unbelivable comment date

  2. Untouchable Players

    Untouchable Players

    10 цагийн өмнө

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

  3. Evan Monsisvais

    Evan Monsisvais

    11 цагийн өмнө

    Your Comment Glitch

  4. Neil Robinson

    Neil Robinson

    17 цагийн өмнө

    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.

  5. Zydrex


    Өдрийн өмнө

    When the pinned comment is made before the video was uploaded

  6. Andrea K.

    Andrea K.

    Өдрийн өмнө

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

  7. The Champion

    The Champion

    Өдрийн өмнө

    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.

  8. Jesse Lindsey

    Jesse Lindsey

    2 өдрийн өмнө

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

  9. plica06


    4 өдрийн өмнө

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

  10. mosyemessy


    5 өдрийн өмнө

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

  11. JONSON


    5 өдрийн өмнө

    advertisers enable content like this to be produced.

  12. Krishan


    5 өдрийн өмнө

    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.

  13. YS Production

    YS Production

    6 өдрийн өмнө

    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.

  14. mini crewmate

    mini crewmate

    7 өдрийн өмнө

    admit that you come there to see if timeworks is right

  15. สมชาย ชีช้าง

    สมชาย ชีช้าง

    7 өдрийн өмнө

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

  16. สมชาย ชีช้าง

    สมชาย ชีช้าง

    7 өдрийн өмнө

    i love how the comment is older than the video

  17. MsAlfred1996


    7 өдрийн өмнө

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

  18. ?


    8 өдрийн өмнө

    When T...

  19. シArixiello


    8 өдрийн өмнө

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

  20. kashii chan

    kashii chan

    8 өдрийн өмнө

    Thanks for ending on such a positive note, Tom!

  21. TheBobBrom


    8 өдрийн өмнө

    Anyone else notice the Doctor Who E easter egg?

  22. Harrie Goston

    Harrie Goston

    9 өдрийн өмнө

    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.

  23. Eddy


    9 өдрийн өмнө

    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 😔

  24. semiku•


    10 өдрийн өмнө

    Any one else is here for timeworks? 👇

    • some person on planet earth

      some person on planet earth

      7 өдрийн өмнө

      stop asking for likes

  25. drego5


    10 өдрийн өмнө

    LOVE the "Vote Saxon" popup!

  26. Mason Miller

    Mason Miller

    10 өдрийн өмнө

    Thanks capitalism

  27. Silvia Sánchez

    Silvia Sánchez

    10 өдрийн өмнө

    Bottom line: Use add blockers.

  28. Sticky Steve

    Sticky Steve

    10 өдрийн өмнө

    Thanks for explaining what cookies are

  29. RT EDITS


    10 өдрийн өмнө

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

  30. Last


    10 өдрийн өмнө

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

  31. DDORV


    11 өдрийн өмнө

    This is the reason why i enabled Ad blocker extension!

  32. Christina Marie Hicks

    Christina Marie Hicks

    11 өдрийн өмнө

    Keylock vpn..ur trapped in..

  33. Elizabeth Del castillo

    Elizabeth Del castillo

    11 өдрийн өмнө

    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...

  34. Skraftz I guess

    Skraftz I guess

    11 өдрийн өмнө

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

  35. Ajc 7575

    Ajc 7575

    11 өдрийн өмнө

    Wait, Google is one of the largest ad companies?

    • ᴊɪᴍ ʜᴀʟᴘᴇʀᴛ

      ᴊɪᴍ ʜᴀʟᴘᴇʀᴛ

      11 өдрийн өмнө

      Google adsense. MNmore ads are all ran by Google.

  36. MICheeHL


    11 өдрийн өмнө

    Saxon for President 2020

  37. Bhargavi 1521

    Bhargavi 1521

    12 өдрийн өмнө

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

  38. ⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻


    12 өдрийн өмнө

    Let's be honest, you all came from Timeworks

    • ᴊɪᴍ ʜᴀʟᴘᴇʀᴛ

      ᴊɪᴍ ʜᴀʟᴘᴇʀᴛ

      11 өдрийн өмнө

      Uh no.

  39. IronBahamut


    12 өдрийн өмнө

    Thank god for Adblockers

  40. jeffykkcc


    12 өдрийн өмнө

    Why is the comment upload before the video was made

    • o laul

      o laul

      12 өдрийн өмнө

      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

  41. S H

    S H

    12 өдрийн өмнө

    Ironically the vid is just riddled with adware.

  42. Minteck


    14 өдрийн өмнө

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

  43. t0m 23

    t0m 23

    14 өдрийн өмнө

    I appreciate the vote Saxon thing

  44. Bunny


    15 өдрийн өмнө

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

  45. Olivier Pirlet

    Olivier Pirlet

    15 өдрийн өмнө

    "Vote Saxon" I loved it !

  46. DeestriosX


    15 өдрийн өмнө

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

  47. Emma Dudman

    Emma Dudman

    15 өдрийн өмнө

    VOTE SAXON 🖤 We love a Who reference!

  48. Natasha Reed

    Natasha Reed

    15 өдрийн өмнө

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

  49. lMagicalMerlin


    15 өдрийн өмнө

    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

      12 өдрийн өмнө

      Thats no time travelling

    • Natasha Reed

      Natasha Reed

      15 өдрийн өмнө

      i did the same thing

  50. Zerobloodify


    16 өдрийн өмнө

    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.

  51. Raptor Jesus

    Raptor Jesus

    16 өдрийн өмнө

    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.

  52. Connor Bell

    Connor Bell

    16 өдрийн өмнө

    Vote Saxon

  53. WillBill


    16 өдрийн өмнө

    Those Superman Easter eggs. Brilliant, Tom and William.



    16 өдрийн өмнө

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

  55. RO IHU

    RO IHU

    16 өдрийн өмнө

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

  56. Moley Kun

    Moley Kun

    16 өдрийн өмнө

    Vote Saxon!

  57. All The Mikeys Are Taken

    All The Mikeys Are Taken

    17 өдрийн өмнө

    NoScript > Ad-Block

  58. All The Mikeys Are Taken

    All The Mikeys Are Taken

    17 өдрийн өмнө

    5:23-5:27 NO means NO

  59. Paul H.

    Paul H.

    17 өдрийн өмнө

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

  60. Abi Robins

    Abi Robins

    17 өдрийн өмнө

    Vote Saxon 😂😂😂

  61. SockBot


    17 өдрийн өмнө

    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.



    18 өдрийн өмнө

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

  63. RealDarkBlade


    18 өдрийн өмнө

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

  64. Iraijus


    18 өдрийн өмнө

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

  65. Luxic


    18 өдрийн өмнө

    Thats just sad.

  66. Field Marshal Gaig

    Field Marshal Gaig

    18 өдрийн өмнө

    vote saxon

  67. rickster4k


    18 өдрийн өмнө

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

  68. Pate Jate

    Pate Jate

    18 өдрийн өмнө

    This is why I've disabled JavaScript by default

  69. Alison Ste

    Alison Ste

    18 өдрийн өмнө

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

  70. ohifonlyx33


    19 өдрийн өмнө

    👀👀 VOTE SAXON ❎

  71. Mia E

    Mia E

    19 өдрийн өмнө

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

  72. Jim Dery

    Jim Dery

    19 өдрийн өмнө

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

  73. E030E03


    20 өдрийн өмнө

    Or, just disable Javascript.

  74. marc the furry

    marc the furry

    20 өдрийн өмнө

    Nice superman reference

  75. Pited Apollo

    Pited Apollo

    20 өдрийн өмнө


  76. L H

    L H

    20 өдрийн өмнө

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

  77. Ayman Arabi Gaming

    Ayman Arabi Gaming

    21 өдрийн өмнө

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

  78. Allec De chavez

    Allec De chavez

    21 өдрийн өмнө

    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*

  79. Blaxxun


    21 өдрийн өмнө

    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.

  80. Jacek Plays ❶

    Jacek Plays ❶

    21 өдрийн өмнө

    brave users stand up :sunglasses:

  81. eeggplanto eggo

    eeggplanto eggo

    22 өдрийн өмнө

    Wait that comment is illegal

  82. Aaron Gillis

    Aaron Gillis

    22 өдрийн өмнө

    Time works did a video about you

  83. weekndotter


    22 өдрийн өмнө

    Claim your 'free cookie' here

  84. N K

    N K

    23 өдрийн өмнө

    Do I get milk with my cookies?

  85. Robert Lundy

    Robert Lundy

    23 өдрийн өмнө


  86. TheOneTold


    23 өдрийн өмнө

    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.

  87. Rafael Marvelous George Tanudjaja

    Rafael Marvelous George Tanudjaja

    23 өдрийн өмнө

    pov: u were looking for Tom Scott comment

  88. Willton Wira Wibowo

    Willton Wira Wibowo

    23 өдрийн өмнө

    who is here from timeworms video?

  89. sajjad hossan shimanto

    sajjad hossan shimanto

    23 өдрийн өмнө

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

  90. Oscar Macintyre

    Oscar Macintyre

    23 өдрийн өмнө

    “Vote Saxon” *Doctor who music intensifies*

  91. Quang Sơn Lê

    Quang Sơn Lê

    24 өдрийн өмнө


  92. Michael Moore

    Michael Moore

    24 өдрийн өмнө

    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).

  93. Darwin Maisner

    Darwin Maisner

    24 өдрийн өмнө

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

  94. Eatay Mizrachi

    Eatay Mizrachi

    24 өдрийн өмнө

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

  95. Akeldama


    24 өдрийн өмнө



      24 өдрийн өмнө

    • yetgamercool123


      24 өдрийн өмнө

  96. Edvards Kaļva

    Edvards Kaļva

    24 өдрийн өмнө

    did you add the reverb post recording?

  97. rock hayter

    rock hayter

    24 өдрийн өмнө


  98. Supss_


    24 өдрийн өмнө

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

  99. XIceCubeV


    24 өдрийн өмнө

    whos here after timeworks video?

  100. Holden Caulfield

    Holden Caulfield

    24 өдрийн өмнө

    CNN won't let you view news articles if you have adblocker. No news without advertisement