Computers have become degenerate in that the data has become the software. Absolutely degenerate. Why? Because that means people cannot use whatever interface they find more convenient to interact with the data.
There is no "document" anymore. Each document or web page stopped being data, and it became an "experience". A constant flow of input and output from and to the user, to and from the "experience", which in turn is composed of both the software embedded in the document, and the software embedded in the server of the person who provided the document to the user.
And this is unacceptable, because it destroys the idea of the document being a free standing entity with a life of its own beyond that which is provided for by the owner, creator or supplier of the document.
We must run our own simple, lightweight, latency-tolerant protocols, networks proxies, clients and tools to work alone and together with existing systems while providing saner alternatives to the current interfaces that are available to talk to those services.