I Miss the Early Days of the Internet

Those days were exciting. If you were feeling bored you could jump online and "surf" various websites for hours. You could easily find groups of people who had the same interests as yourself just by clicking through web rings. If you were feeling lonely, you could join various chat rooms with random people all around the world (think AOL chat or Internet Relay Chat (IRC)). No single individual nor tech giant owned the Internet back then. Why have we allowed the modern day tech giants to take over? Do we really need Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon? It's depressing to think about really. I'll expand on this idea when I have some more time.