The hope of the new world?

((Title is sarcastic))

If any of you have spent any amount of time on an Internet image board (specifically 4chan,) you would probably know why my friend called it the cesspool of the Internet. For those of you who don’t know, Image boards are much like forums where people are able to post ideas and images. One very important difference is that on image boards people are able to post anonymously. Due to this, people post all kinds of things that they would not if they were linked to a user name. Porn is even allowed on many boards. In addition to the wide variety of posting, people’s responses are also very free of restraint. If they see you as ignorant or foolish they will torment you to no end. Most of the stuff they post is pretty horrible and most of it represents some of the worst stuff of the Internet but at the same time the contributors are fairly well informed and intelligent (at least more intelligent than some of the people who comment onsome news sites) I think that it has the potential to be a powerful source of massive positive change. What gave me hope from where there was previously only darkness was the rally of the users against some of the more shady practices of Scientology.

This is an overview of some evidence of these shady practices. In protest “anonymous” lead a protest against these practices (There are a lot of articles on the net, but the wiki article gives a good description)

An important thing to note is that they are not opposing the church of Scientology doctrine, just some of the more shady stuff that goes on.

So what do you think? Can positive change come from such an unrestricted and often extremely vulgar group of people?

((For those of you who don’t know what image boards are like, please visit 4chan’s random board or ask a friend who contributes.))


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