When it comes to the internet, a ‘walled garden’ is a used to describe a network such as Facebook or Amazon which aggregates and controls access to content.
Generally, these ‘walled gardens’ embody a number of key characteristics. The content is always curated by the network, meaning that everything is preselected for a purpose. The content within the ‘walled garden’ is somewhat protected from open internet, including hackers and undesirable content, essentially creating a pure space. When it comes to ‘gardens’ like Facebook, a lot of people engage with it because they are of the mentality that everyone else is doing so already. The final key factor is the degree of normality that being a part of these ‘walled gardens’ brings; it’s what we know and what were used to, so therefore, were going to stick to it.
But if the internet is supposed to be an open platform, placing all of the restrictions on the content produced changes the internet into something which can’t really be considered the internet in it purest form. So this raises the question; why do we continue to engage in these kinds of networks if we are no longer able to use the internet as it was intended?
Catch ya on the flip side,