Hossein Derakhshan writes about how reading on the web changed in the last few years and makes a ton of great observations:
The web was not envisioned as a form of television when it was invented. But, like it or not, it is rapidly resembling TV: linear, passive, programmed and inward-looking.
I'm not a huge fan of social networks myself but I understand the appeal of the Stream, as Derekhshan calls it. The web became too big, and no one was able to earn any money on RSS, not even Google, so social networks like Twitter or Facebook became the preferred way of consuming web content for many people. It is ironic, though, that his insightful article is posted on medium.com, which is itself a social network, and which is guilty of many of the faults he mentions.