No it is fucking reactionary.
The problem of bloated corporate websites is real, but anarcho-primitive protocols won't solve that.
The justifying reasons are all bullshit.
>Gemini is not supposed to replace the web.
A subset of the web (text and hyperlinks) necessarily competes with the web regardless of your intentions.
Why not just limit yourself to text only websites? Why not use gopher? Why not make a web search engine that only allows non-JS sites, and kicks sites out if JS is detected?
The purity criteria are completely arbitrary. That's the core problem with all these shitty little projects. They don't move forward in a better direction, rather they look backwards to the 'out of academia' origins of the internet, which simply will never happen again.
Gemini is worse than F tier
Tim Berners Lee Solid is D tier. It internalizes the dominant app/data paradigm, yet still has no chance of adoption.
IPFS is also D tier. Immutable content? Yeah nobody gives a fuck. It would be C tier, but it's now associated with shitcoins.
Dat might be B tier. Public key addressing is definitely the correct paradigm for a web addendum.
Doesn't matter though, because cargocult protocols won't free the internet from corporate control.