I’m super ancient and I remember the 1993 death of the internet
I was there and I also remember when they transferred it from Military /University control and sold the backbone of the internet to 4 major telecommunications providers.
That, along with America online giving working internet email addresses to their members which meant they could no longer depend on newbies only coming in in September to ‘get training’ (gatekeeping) – and realized that it would be impossible to train new people on the internet because they would be constantly coming in.
They were privatizing the internet and we knew it would just be unlimited advertising in every nook + cranny someday.
There’s been a lot of innovation on the internet of course but the majority has been from volunteers
The web itself is barely any different than 1993 – just new stuff slapped on top
The real innovation has been happening on “internet2” since 1995 – we are in the old leftover part
In any case, your nuanced take harkens back to those old days and I respect it.