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4 CHAN: Has it gone a little bit too far?

So, fellow DoorQs have any of you been on 4Chan?

 

It’s become a slight obsession of mine recently and I really don’t know what to make of it. On one hand it is True freedom of Information but on the other it is slightly off putting…

 

It is a completly anonymous image posting board that for some reason had really hit off. It features Weird and Wonderful things but the problem being is that there is no policing. On my first visit I happened upon some very funny threads and a few self help threads and the second it was all naked "rate my body" threads where I kinda felt as if I should be questioning the ages of those posting.

 

I urge you to go there next time you have an hour free. Go on the "Random" and see for your self.

 

I want to see a healthy discussion of what you guys think. Is it disgusting, amazing or down right wrong?

 

P.S Uni is going great. 😀

 

 

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  1. goddoorq says
    November 16, 2010, 6:10 am

    I avoid 4Chan like the plague. But that’s just me.

  2. goddoorq says
    November 16, 2010, 6:10 am

    Why do you avoid it?

  3. goddoorq says
    November 16, 2010, 6:10 am

    Chris, I’ve stopped by a few times. I like the free flowing nature of things.

    However, once I clicked on a post captioned “Cute Young Blond” and got a definition of “young” that sent me screaming from the room and dropping my laptop in the nearest fusion reactor.

    I’m also a little concerned about the stalking / swarming that goes on in the forums, where they decide that someone is bad, then go after that person on a personal, real world level. Seems incredibly obscene to me.

    Be all of that as it may, I think it’s still a great example of the net allowing user driven communities to form, grow and prosper.

  4. goddoorq says
    November 16, 2010, 6:10 am

    Why do I avoid it? Because I lose enough brain cells on my gaming forums. Don’t need to accelerate the process and become a vegetable by the time I’m 25. *grins*

  5. goddoorq says
    November 16, 2010, 6:10 am

    I don’t usually happen upon 4chan unless someone links me to it. A friend of my once called it the “armpit of the internet”. I’m not sure that it’s entirely wrong! It does have it’s moments, but it’s usually swamped with photoshopped boobs and badly constructed trolling.

  6. Anonymous says
    November 16, 2010, 6:10 am

    I find that it functions, so long as you don’t expect anything substantial out of it.

  7. Anonymous says
    November 16, 2010, 6:10 am

    Also, what ever happened to the First Rule of the Internet?

  8. goddoorq says
    November 16, 2010, 6:10 am

    @D.W., is the First Rule of the Internet like the First Rule of Fight Club? 😛

    @Krom, that’s an apt description. I wonder if anyone will ever take some deodorant to the place?

  9. Anonymous says
    November 16, 2010, 6:10 am

    Jody: Yup, so is the second

  10. Anonymous says
    November 16, 2010, 6:10 am

    Surely though it is one onf the only places where TRUE Free speech exists?
    Don’t get me wrong I’m completly against Child Porn but shouldn’t everything on the internet be this free?

    Governemnets can control the information we recieve and for all we know they are as we speak now.

  11. Anonymous says
    November 16, 2010, 6:10 am

    Actually, no, I don’t believe 4chan is the place of the most freedom of speech. I would further state that, with any inequality prevalent between the freedom of 4chan and of reality is qualitative, with the higher quality being in the latter.

    In reality, I can say anything I want, so long as it does not contribute to mass hysteria that I know is false. Even with distribution of child pornography, my right to talk about it, describe it, what have you, is fine, granted no actual child is involved.

    The reason most people believe that 4chaners have more freedom of speech is that they are not held accountable for what they say. In reality, the price of freedom is responsibility; I can do whatever I want so long as I accept the consequences. Likewise, I can say whatever I want, so long as I accept that it will have effects on other people.

    This is totally done away with in an environment of anonymity. A 4chaner can say what they want without worrying about how it affects another person, because their message will never be traced back to them. As a result, the worth of their speech is lessened, since they do not have to pay for it. This encourages people to speak without thinking, and they say stupid things.

    So, really, the freedom of speech in 4chan is not stronger in 4chan, but merely cheaper, so people exercise it more often to the point that their words have less meaning. Again, it’s fine if that’s what you want, but if you want something substantial from 4chan, you’ll never get it, which, in my mind, is a shame.

  12. Anonymous says
    November 16, 2010, 6:10 am

    I also went through a phase where I found 4chan kind of fascinating. It was just such unbridled madness with no one to say, “Stop, enough.”
    After a while you either become one of the regulars or become disenchanted with the place. I went with the second option. This was mostly due to the fact that the uncontrolled level of “freedom” actually seems to retard the progress of the board. It does not evolve, merely spirals down to new lows.
    My second reason is I hate the way these fracking kids talk. ;P

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