You may not know 4chan. It’s an online message board. Users don’t so much push the boundaries of acceptability as do the web version of running around naked, waving porn mags and shouting racist jokes. That said, what it does is important in a number of ways. Anonymity is – for me at least – an important part of internet subculture. Here Christopher “moot” Poole explains his side of things. He explains some of the memes that have sprung from 4chan and also shows how the “Anonymous” community, for all its flaws, has actually effected change. Yes there’s often a lot of vulgarity, but… so what? There’s a good chunk of free speech about to go down the pan if this sort of site is threatened. As Evelyn Beatrice Hall (not Voltaire) said: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
ps – when he talks about /b/, that’s the name 4chan give to the random category, so basically that’s where the boobs and willies (and worse) are. Point is, you don’t *have* to go to /b/ to enjoy the site’s benefits. There’s a rather nice board that’s all about recipes too. 4chan
- The Willow Pattern Story
- 56 best/worst similes used in high school exams...
- The Guy Quote - Carl Jung
- Zatoichi meets Yojimbo, Musahi vs Kojiro
- The Guy Quote - Bertrand Russell
- There are men too gentle to live among wolves
- And you though foie gras was bad. Meet the ortolan.
- The guy quote: Sir John Betjeman
- The Guy Quote - Charles Dickens (anniversary edition)
- The Ottoman empire's life or death race (note to self: harems don't equal happiness)
- @jeremywired @WiredUK Well poor me then! 7 hours ago
- @WiredUK Does it work on humans too? Asking for a friend... 2 days ago
- RT @bengoldacre: People who try to change things are dismissed as weird. Truth (and rhetoric) from @GeorgeMonbiot Whether it's data, healt… 2 days ago
- Amazing!!! And what a treat to see something POSITIVE in a news feed. twitter.com/olympicchannel… 2 days ago
- @HayesThompson “...and for that reason, we’re out” 3 days ago
Tagalogadvertising advice animals animation art arts black and white books cars cat chart cinema comedy cool dance data death design dog education entertainment etiquette facebook family fashion film food funk funny gif guitar health history illustration infographic jack dyson japan jazz journalism life love music nature philosophy photo photography piano poem poetry politics quotations quote quotes reading religion satire science sculpture sea sex silly skate slow motion society space sport stop motion the guy quote travel video viral war winter writing youtube
- Tom Rosenthal – How have you been?
- A note on Brexit, and putting thy money where thy mouth is
- Jack and his fiddle
- The man who hears everything (“That’s a good beep, Lar”) – modern arts and crafts
- Aim Higher and Breakfast, Dallas Clayton is RAD
- The Old Man And The Sea (animated, paint on glass, by hand, by golly and by gosh)
- Happy brains and a year of ping pong
- Antarctica. And it’s a kind of paradise.
- An Object At Rest – the life of a stone
- “When I was done dying” – beautiful, swooping animation to sound
- “We smell sausage!” Mark Mothersbaugh has an amazing synth collection
- A glorious McSweeney post – “Why you should not have broken up with me, according to various critical theories”
- Night sky time lapse corrected to show earth moving rather than stars. Gorgeous.
- Life advice from Werner Herzog (via @Kottke)
- The trouble with geraniums