The Stream represents the triumph of reverse-chronology, where importance—above-the-foldness—is based exclusively on nowness...
84 inWhat was exciting in 2009—this pairing of reverse-chronological content with the expectation that the web's traditional and social media would be real-time— feels like a burden in 2013.
The early indications were when people started tossing around ideas
like digital sabbaths and talking about FOMO (fear of missing out). But
it was easy to think this was a niche feeling only for the media class
and its associated hipsters across the country.
Nowadays, I think all kinds of people see and feel the tradeoffs of
the stream, when they pull their thumbs down at the top of their screens
to receive a new updates from their social apps.