Twenty years on
As usual, Paul Ford’s Web Conversations With the Year 2000, says it better than I can:
2000 me: Wow you still work on the web, that’s amazing. It must be so easy to publish really interesting web pages.
2020 me:Uhhhhh. [Very long pause.] Look, you can pay a low monthly fee and listen to any album anyone ever made.
’00:That must create some amazing opportunities for musicians!
’00:There also must be some really good music discussion forums.
A small part of me wishes he’d qualified the "listen to any album anyone ever made" line to reflect the realities of music licensing and stuff not making it onto Spotify or Apple Music or whatever Amazon call their variant and so on, but his wider point still holds regardless.