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megimoo
02-22-2009, 12:43 PM
The Dark Heart of the Internet by Stephanie Cohen

HE RUNS ONE OF THE WEB'S MOST POPULAR SITES. TOO BAD HE'S BROKE

On the Internet, he's a god. In real life, he's an out-of-work 21-year-old, $20,000 in debt, living in his mom's Westchester apartment.Meet Christopher Poole, known to his online fans as "moot," the mind behind 4chan.org, one of the busiest - and strangest - discussion boards on the Web. Poster child, perhaps, of the Internet economy, where you can influence the lives of millions and still not cover the rent.

4chan.org's users, and there are, on average, 5 million a month, engage in mindless, usually vile, nonstop banter that often percolates beyond the service itself with books, political kerfuffles and lawsuits.It's members have been responsible for such pranks as hacking into Sarah Palin's e-mail account, interrupting an Apple Computer conference with the note "Steve Jobs just died," and making over 6,000 threatening calls to church of Scientology offices.

And inside jokes started on the site's "Random" message board - by far the site's most active and grotesque - often become popular catchphrases and Internet memes.

"Rickrolling" was originally a 4chan.org joke; that is, posting a link with a false title ("sexy pictures of Uma!") that send an unsuspecting person to a video of the '80s singer Rick Astley. Astley rode the odd fame to a surprise appearance at the 2008 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Tay Zonday, a strange-voiced singer of a song called "Chocolate Rain," was made famous by 4chan.org as well; John Mayer eventually covered his tune.And the term LOLcat - misspelled captions posted on pictures of cats; trust us, it's funny - started on 4chan.org's "Caturday" posts. It spawned its own Web site, ICanHazCheezburger.com, as well as a book deal.

Yet Poole suffers in ignominy and poverty at his mother's home, unable to make money off the influential yet unwieldy chatroom."I feel like I keep making it to the cusp of something," Poole told the Washington Post. "Everybody gets really excited about the wealth that could" come out of it. But then . .

.http://www.nypost.com/seven/02212009/postopinion/opedcolumnists/the_dark_heart_of_the_internet_156297.htm

PoliCon
02-22-2009, 01:13 PM
an socialism . . . . everyone takes - no one gives - no one produces and we get swill as the result . . . .

Lanie
02-22-2009, 02:26 PM
an socialism . . . . everyone takes - no one gives - no one produces and we get swill as the result . . . .

No more free internet for people. I'm off to do some work. :D

Gingersnap
02-23-2009, 10:00 AM
I wouldn't say that 4chan is exactly the kind of model that would generate money to begin with. Most of the content is narrowly aimed at (and actively supported by) adolescent guys and their college counterparts. Some members have been at the very heart of activities that venture into criminal territory.

This is Fight Club without the discipline, responsibility, or goal-oriented framework. :rolleyes:

megimoo
02-23-2009, 10:53 AM
I wouldn't say that 4chan is exactly the kind of model that would generate money to begin with. Most of the content is narrowly aimed at (and actively supported by) adolescent guys and their college counterparts. Some members have been at the very heart of activities that venture into criminal territory.

This is Fight Club without the discipline, responsibility, or goal-oriented framework. :rolleyes:

A bunch of adolescent failures to launch .At least it's 'step up'from the dump.........so far .

enslaved1
02-23-2009, 02:28 PM
"Theoretically, I should be able to get some sort of job," Poole said. "I have no idea how to transfer my 4chan.org skills on paper."

What skills? You started a website. Big fat hairy deal. You dedicated all of your time to it, dropping out of school and not getting a real job. Now you can't pay the server dues, and your site is so questionable that people don't want to advertise on it. This is called reaping what you sow. Hopefully your 4chan skills will be learning to balance real life and hobbies.

tacitus
02-23-2009, 05:44 PM
4chan.org's users, and there are, on average, 5 million a month, engage in mindless, usually vile, nonstop banter that often percolates beyond the service itself with books, political kerfuffles and lawsuits

Sounds like he'd be a perfect fit at DU.