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 and Creative Director, Automattic. Founder & Publisher, A List Apart Magazine. Co-founder, An Event Apart UX and front-end design conference with Eric Meyer. Publisher and co-founder with Jason Santa Maria of A Book Apart—brief books for web and interaction designers. Have written two books, notably the foundational web standards text, Designing With Web Standards, currently in a 3rd Edition co-authored with Ethan Marcotte. It has been translated into 15 languages, including Italian, Chinese, Hungarian, Polish and Portuguese. Faculty member on the MFA, Interaction Design program at School of Visual Arts, New York. Host of The Big Web Show (“Everything Web That Matters”). In 2012, was the first designer inducted in the SXSW Interactive Hall of Fame. But what I really want to do is direct.