I wish I could show you one true community-minded system, but the problem is that systems are comprised of people. Throw people in the mix and 25% show up to watch, 25% are there to milk it without giving back, 25% are trying to make connections, and 25% are there to argue.
Those numbers are entirely wrong, of course, but you get my drift.
The problem isn’t that “systems” are crappy, the problem is that whenever we draw mass groups of people, all sorts of people show up and the ones with crappiest behavior are often the loudest and most visible.
When did people start thinking self-centered marketing is a good idea? Back around the days of the snake oil salesman, long before the Internet. The internet just gives a voice to people who would never have had one before. It’s not even that they believe self-centered marketing is a good idea, it’s more a case of self centered people with global access to eyeballs. I’m sure you knew people like that before the Internet. I did.
Thing is, there’s good people out there too. The crappy ones often have a louder voice and are more relentless, but there’s good people out there too.