There was a time when the Internet was a level playing field. Part of the appeal of the “World Wide Web” was that anyone could compete head to head with the biggest conglomerates in the “Wide World!”
But then the Internet bullies moved in and the little gals and guys on the field didn’t stand a chance anymore.
Not only did the bullies persuade them to hand over the content that they created, but then they tried to sell it back to the very same victims of their extortion.
All protests fell on deaf ears, as the bullies now had the wherewithal to not only tilt the aforementioned playing field, but also to slant it to such an angle that few could maintain a grasp firm enough to prevent their falling into the abyss of oblivion.
If one wants to be found online these days, one must hand over what they have and accept whatever crumbs may fall off the bullies’ table.
Or they need to pay the tolls and tariffs now imposed by the overseers of the Information Superhighway.
The final alternative is to go nowhere.
And learn to like it!