I come from a time before "the web" and the Internet WAS applications.
... The folly is assuming that web pages have to be applications.
You don't see the contradiction in pining for the good old days where the Internet WAS the folly you abhor?
we still had search engines. We had email. We had message systems"
And they were crap. I was there. They were crap.
The first version always gets thrown away.