I had never thought about this concept of the walled garden before the week 6 lecture on the feudalisation of the internet. Facebook has always been something I had taken for granted and never really thought about until I found out it was a clear example of the walled garden. The Walled Garden is a place where social media occurs in an entirely mediated area. You cannot get in without signing up and providing your details. Everyone who signs up always owes a form of “information tax” to the walled garden. This results in a compilation of information called “The Stack”. These fortresses of information have given power to these Internet giants and has enabled them to put a dint in the way information flows.
My question to you is, with the monopolisation of walled gardens and the information concentration station that is “The Stack”, will we ever return to a centralised network? Food for thought.