4CHAN, THE FRIENDLIEST PLACE ON EARTH
Have you ever felt so passionate about a topic that if not anonymous you feel offended sharing your thoughts… Well look no further than the online platform of ‘4chan’.
4chan comprises of internet activists all recognised as ‘anonymous’ who have the ability to share their thoughts through images and posts about any topics. The platform runs by allowing users the opportunity to utilise boards and forums to anonymously communicate. With no filter or age restriction on posts, the content on 4chan is greatly diverse especially due to the 218,000 visitors it has each day.
The ever so famous ‘meme’s’ originated through 4chan. You may remember the og cat memes which consisted of random action cat pics collaged with a comic banter text.
The ideology behind this platform frees individuals from the burden of judgment and pre determined ego through the anonymous retention it has. This enables a blockage to creativity and a discontentment of incentives as there is no filter for constructive criticism. The raw content found on 4chan gives individuals the feeling of belonging as they are able to express there thoughts in a non conformed manner.
The introduction of 4chan affiliates with the internet today as it is recognised as the incubator to memes and attitudes we now consider ‘mainstream’ when online.
So is 4chan for the better or the worse…
There are two arguments to this statement.
4chan can be recognised for its positive influences:
- LOLCats (original meme)
- Ragecomics (memes)
Or the bad:
- Celebgate (leaked nude pics of celebs)
- #cutforbieber (unconventional encouragement to young Bieber fans to cut themselves)
Here’s a little audio I made combining meme’s, glitches, and 4chan…
All in all 4chan is definitely not the ‘friendliest place on earth’, however is much more considered a judgemental and raw media platform. This being both fresh and what society needs, as well as dangerous and chancy.
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