Every now and again an article makes you look up and think. That happened this week when I was reading about decentralisation.
The internet was created on the back of the idea that a decentralised network is stronger than a centralised one.
The decentralised nature of the web, combined with open standards destroyed the closed experiences of AOL and its brethren.
Fast forward to the 2000s and peer to peer music providers like Napster appeared and severely dented the music industry.
Today though, the major digital music services are centralised and there is limited peer to peer distribution of music today.
Centralised platforms have taken over, be it Facebook, Google or Spotify. This has been further exacerbated by the rise of the cloud - it has made it faster and easier to created centralised platforms than ever before.