From optimistically conceived origins and message statements about making the world a better place, too many websites and startups have become the leading edge of bias and trauma, especially for marginalized and at-risk groups.

How have so many of our digital services and social networks become a garbage fire of lies, distortions, hate speech, tribalism, snake oil, and privacy violations?

I ponder that very question—and even provide an alternative or two—in “Nothing Fails Like Success” … in Thursday’s A List Apart.

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“King of Web Standards”—Bloomberg Businessweek. Principal Designer & Creative Director, Automattic. Founder & Publisher, A List Apart Magazine. Co-founder & Co-Host, An Event Apart front-end design conference. Co-founder & Publisher, A Book Apart. Have written two books, notably the foundational web standards text, Designing With Web Standards, now in a 3rd Edition. Faculty, MFA Interaction Design program at School of Visual Arts. Host, The Big Web Show.