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Is 4chan the Greatest Cultural Addition of the Century?
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Posted 6/15/17 , edited 6/16/17
I'm not being sarcastic either. Bear in mind that the Black Plague also created a massive cultural impact, so I'm not saying that 4chan has been an overall force for good - just that it has caused the greatest amount of impact. Perhaps a better way of putting it is that 4chan has created the largest impact of the information age after the widespread adoption of the internet. From what I've been noticing, much of what starts on that site eventually radiates outward until it's in the real world outside the internet. One day we may find our society an embodiment of /pol/ without even knowing why.
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I think there used to be something said for anonymity and freedom on the internet. Unfortunately it has been pretty much taken over by idealistic children who go on witch hunts for those they characterize (Often incorrectly). Some of who have been children who have fell victim to much of 4chan embodies both by being lured into the site and seeing its content and people who have had their character attacked because of a couple hundred characters on the internet.

4chan often hides behind it's veil turning everything that is not hidden into a joke. Members openly mock everything but themselves (At least not personally). I've even seen people posting pictures of rape while members went around joking about how the women didn't get enough 'treatment'. It's turned into this hive mind ruthlessness that is frankly disgusting. While also playing the 'moral absolutists' card protecting the world from what they deem is the 'correct' path.

It is a cesspool of hypocrisy in my opinion (Especially certain boards). I miss the days where there was something good about it. And even that was fleeting and almost immediately abused.

With that said I think the only real influence it has had is pushing people away from each other ultimately. Trying to shove its collective agenda down people's throats because some members are so lonely and ruined inside that they want the world to be that way too.

Frankly I don't know why the FBI hasn't found a way to close it down yet.
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Posted 6/16/17 , edited 6/16/17
It isn't and it's basicially a hive for the inhuman.
Be the biggest asshole you want but when you livestream yourself comitting suicide as the inhuman mouthbreathers of 4chan root you on shit has gone way too far.
Pretending to be bad ass hackers when they can't hack anything that doesn't use a highschool password knowing they would all shit themselves if anyone went through their search history

Edit- I'm sure alot of members on this board frequent 4chan.
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4chan? what is this? some otakus only club ?

yes. i'm serious.

I think i have to google right after this post.. since i'm sure the insults are coming...
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4chan is a social media where a user can post without an account. Due to this, it occupy a very dark niche where a person can express their hidden undesirable thought without harming their reputation. On the flip side, it also allow freedom of speech that would otherwise get censored in other social media and it can allow a person to anomynously discuss something that carry stigma like victim of raping, autism, homosexual, and trangender orientaion.
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Posted 6/16/17 , edited 6/17/17
Yeah, unfortunately the hacker known as 4chan is a much more influential cultural pillar than most would give it credit for. Not nearly on the same level as the black plague, obviously, but still.

As for my opinions on the site, I'm fine with most of its shit as long as it sticks to brainless online trolling. Sadly it has repeatedly left the internet and actively caused harm to people, including threatening the employment of innocent people. That is not okay at all.
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Well, every great society does need a sewer.
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4 chan has changed the election. Its a MASSIVE force for cultural change. Tons of people shit posting slowly moving towards a point where people agree on.


AnimeAddictANN69 wrote:

4chan? what is this? some otakus only club ?

yes. i'm serious.

I think i have to google right after this post.. since i'm sure the insults are coming...


Its a message/image board where everyone is anonymous. So people will say what they really think or say edgy stuff. Or be bored and fight for a cause whether its good, bad, or pointless: https://www.rt.com/viral/380338-4chan-capture-anti-trump-flag/

Its 4chan.org and I would recommended staying at the anime side for a while.
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I would say yes.

While I can't tolerate the format of the chans, nor can i endure the books of faces everyone loves nowadays, I must concede that many love the chans.

And I'm told by a friend that some of the boards are better than the others. Some boards are outright hostile to humanity and all the things we hold dear. Some are just there to share porn or a tabletop homebrew, or Both.

Since its anonymous, you can speak your mind on anything without worry, so people can get straight to the point. The term "pics or gtfo" is similar. No one cares who you are, what you are, race, gender, income, age. But if you're there to advertise who you are and how you must press your identity into everything, people are gonna beat you down for it. Obama and Trump could be on there swapping dank memes with each other and not even know it, at this very moment.

Anonymity is the Great Equalizer.
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You know that phrase about staring into the abyss, and the abyss staring back?


Yeah.
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TRKitsune wrote:

You know that phrase about staring into the abyss, and the abyss staring back?


Yeah.


and everyone at 4chan blinked when it stared back
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Greatest cultural addition of the Century? Depends on who you ask there (as for me, no). A significant cultural addition? Yes. Happens to be a place where many memes grew naturally, Project Chanology, doxxing and other stuff. Wish people would recognize theres more than /pol/ and /b/ on 4chan.


Ashliet wrote:

It isn't and it's basicially a hive for the inhuman.
Be the biggest asshole you want but when you livestream yourself comitting suicide as the inhuman mouthbreathers of 4chan root you on shit has gone way too far.
Pretending to be bad ass hackers when they can't hack anything that doesn't use a highschool password knowing they would all shit themselves if anyone went through their search history

Edit- I'm sure alot of members on this board frequent 4chan.



Your description of 4chan is right for /b/ and /pol though. The other boards try to keep to themselves and on topic and try and be friendly, but if you come in with a stupid question that was answered elsewhere in a thread, they will light you on fire. If you come fishing for automatic compliments, some of the SFW boards, they will tell you to go back to tumblr or reddit if you refuse to accept constructive criticism.
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They've never really done anything worth noting, it's mostly an open chatroom disguised as an open discussion image forum. Take away the media aspect of it and external links, what is that website exactly? I don't think you attribute what members do to the supposed "culture" of the website. Nothing they've ever created originates from within and this is proved by the fact that they became irrelevant in less than 2 years of supposed spotlight. Nowadays members live off the glory of the "old days" while most logical people leave the site permanently after a week or two. Wouldn't count it as a cultural addition to begin with.

If i had to ask myself if they've had cultural impact I'd say I'm not sure. Have protests really been fueled by posts online? Is each protestor of the 99% movement a member of that website? Probably not. It's impossible to tell because we know nothing about the real organizers of those movements. Don't forget these guys are more likely to falesely take credit for things they didn't do than a certain black flag.
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Posted 6/16/17 , edited 6/17/17
I wouldn't say 4chan alone is a great cultural addition. It is one small part of the greater cultural revolution happening since the "information age" began. Sites like Reddit, for example have a better claim to that title than 4chan; simply because they have crossed mainstream boundaries and obtained a level of social legitimacy that 4chan never will.
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