• Author: 8dFAUDIl

I wish people would shut up about how great everything used to be and how everything sucks now. 2005 was 15 years ago; things aren't going back to the way they were and you need to just move on.


  • Author: 2FP8NJ9I

When they do inevitably shut up about it, people will lose a frame of reference for how good they really had it back then.


  • Author: tC3tNTXG

Do you think that the people who post this actually mean it/were there for the "golden times", or are they just LARPing? Speaking (typing?) as someone who wasn't there for those times, it never feels genuine, especially on 4chan


  • Author: 8dFAUDIl

I think it's a mix of both. People love to shit on kids, so I wouldn't doubt that a lot of them pretend to be older than they are. I know I did it growing up, especially in gaming circles.


  • Author: p+eTRFH8

yeah i think partially. in imageboards/forums ive been on for a while i feel like something has changed but i can never rly place it. on some places its just that it slowed down alot. i think its def good to embrace change tho. eventually new stuff will come thatll be as nice as the old stuff


  • Author: 0llWvRYg

eternal september is a real thing. i've been on "here" since 97 or so and watched several waves of increasingly duller people make everything just a little bit lamer. every wave felt bad, but i think 2016 was when the dam broke: everyone got a smart phone and jacked in, bringing their default shit culture with them.

i mostly just tinker on old hardware these days, write code and chat with friends. occasionally i venture out to see if maybe something interesting is going on. this board is weird enough to leave a comment, but compared to the craziness that was 4chan in 2005, chan culture is dead.

most of us actually did move on. you've got selection bias: the ones that didn't are the ones you get to talk to. we see young, tattered, barely fed youngsters roaming abandoned halls, and we kind of just go "jeez, this is pathetic, this is what our efforts ended with?"


  • Author: KIDsdZNt


wow its kinda sad to have a life so tied to something that is long gone unable to appreciate the new and unable to practice the old got goosebumps just thinking about it

at least you go out sometimes


  • Author: 0llWvRYg

lol, you know you read all that into my comment to make it seem like i'm stuck in the past, it's almost like you're making an attempt at a detached kind of cool because you're overcompensating or something. is it because you suspect i might be right? i read thread after thread of newfags (don't mean nothing by the term, they are just younger) complaining about lack of cozy, complaining about corporate, complaining about "dead board", complaining about "4chan being shitty", complaining about blah blah blah. and then we come out and we're like "dude, it was fucking awesome i tell you". that gotta be a shitty feeling, that you missed out.


  • Author: 0llWvRYg

i suspect it's because you don't really have a frame of reference: there's nothing really that makes you go "holy shit this is awesome", the way most people felt about the internet in the late 90s early 2000s, so you can't really compare it to my "holy shit that was awesome".

one parallel i can make is the 90s rave culture. sometimes (_sometimes_, i fucking said _sometimes_) at festivals these days i might reminisce about my experiences back then, but because party goers are not usually jaded neets, they don't go "blah blah blah old man", they actually want to know how it was, so that they can try and recreate it now. remove something, add something, etc. from their experience so that they can bring it closer to a higher state of consciousness we managed to achieve back then. and sometimes it works, sometimes old timers can help recreate some aspect of the rave back then. but in the music festival scene, newfags are also coming up with all kinds of crazy new shit all the time, and it's the synergy of the old and the new that still makes it worth participating.

very rarely do i have similar experience on the internet. there was a resurgence of small unix based communities recently, tildeverses, where people were using the old shared unix model to build a social community. that's kind of fun. live streaming now works way better, so there's movement around that. you got anything else? anything at all? more often than not, people like you can't even _name_ anything that will prove me somehow wrong. it's all just posturing, masking deep dissatisfaction and ennui. you know who invented your pose? fucking andy warhol. and that was like 50 years ago. maybe try coming up with something else, hmm?


  • Author: k+94wwHs

jesus what a pasta

calm down im older than you


  • Author: EoDCbqHI


Is this copypasta or are you serious?
Because if you are thats a prime example that we still lul nowadays.


  • Author: 0llWvRYg

it's not a pasta, but i'm not serious either. i don't think anybody old actually comes to these boards. some guy made a list of textboards, so i've been trying to start shit up, but i don't think this thread worked particularly well.


  • Author: 8cguTMih

yea ok right

totally not serious


  • Author: 0llWvRYg

>13 you got me. tell all your friends, you won!


  • Author: 8cguTMih

sad, hope you're ok



  • Author: LDtaqeeB

Internet culture was just different back then. Hard to say whether or not it was really better when people have nostalgia glasses on. I've been browsing 4chan since 2006 and the amount of underage shitposting has been pretty constant. I think the only major issue is that the content was much more memorable; the past few years have been a blur and the 4chan-specific culture mostly died away. Internet culture has become very homogeneous and samey as all the smaller communities give way to the big tentpoles like reddit, 4chan, and social media.

Is all of that bad? Sometimes I think so, but change was inevitable considering the number of internet users doubled between 2005 and 2010, and again between 2010 and 2019. Not even weeb communities will remain your secret club forever.