At one point in the interview he asked a challenging question.
Does linking have a future?
We had been talking about the attempts of the tech industry to suck news into silos, Facebook, Twitter, Apple, Medium, Google -- and if they were to succeed, or if the news industry could obviate the need for such platforms (seems unlikely at this late date), then how could the link have a future?
I was thinking about that as I put together the list of Toolkits that I build on. Look at all the links in that piece, and the links in the pages it links to.
Conclusion: Linking is part of the language. If linking were to disappear, I would have to stop writing. I don't know how to write without linking.