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The soon to be death of websites

Sadly, with the years going by, and the normies already finished invading the Wild Web- much like memes, oversaturation will eventually kill 80% of the diversity on the internet. Back in the 2000’s, people would visit around 10-20 websites PER DAY. Nowadays, people only use it as a glorified YouTube and Social Media machine. Sure, there is still gaming and comic culture nowadays yet the internet is so full of diverse, creative websites. Yet again, those mindless normies only visit YouTube and social media to brag about how they look or hOw mAnY wInS tHeY gEt oN fOrTnIte (sorry, I just don’t like this game). Like I mentioned during the culture in the Wild Web, there are so many websites out there than can be explored yet people just go to the same old boring social medias and news articles and YouTube that- much like natural selection (in this case its popularity), websites will be visited less and less until the founder will just give up and eventually stop supporting the website they once cared for. The website that they wasted countless hours typing, building, sweating, working, perhaps even crying at one point making their baby. THIS website was someone’s work and pride! Someone actually took time to make this website that 99% of people would just overlook. But, what can I say, I guess that’s just how the world works huh chief?

The Wild Web -or the 2000’s internet manifesto- (edgy title huh?):

Now, how about something a little less… depressing, huh? Back then, there were a majority of websites (as i’ve said over 13 times already). Back then, you would be able to watch flash animations on Newgrounds, banter with lads on Runescape, play a couple rounds of Quake III or Halo 2, troll and share memes on 4Chan- no matter how toxic it was, watch crazy stick figure fights such as Xiao Xiao on stickpage, watch classic YouTube -when nobody cared about being famous-, Come over houses and play a couple rounds of Super Smash bros Melee, waiting for midnight releases (does anyone still do this anymore?), and JUST. WOW. The Wild Web. It’s so… beautiful. Sure some things that I listed weren’t very internet-esque yet, the 2000’s were… pretty okay. I’m not gonna be one of those guys who drool over a decade that was 20 years ago. Much like how in the 90’s, people wanted to go back to the 70’s, in the 2000’s, people wanted to go back to the 80’s and in today’s age wanting to go back to the 90’s. In actuality, the 2000’s had little to no culture at all. It was just all remnants of the late 90’s. Why do you think normies got so desperate when tv and music started becoming mediocre, and then they eventually got more and more attracted to the internet? The 2000’s mainstream metropolis (mainstream media) was pretty boring, until smartphones came around and eventually people getting internet famous became an outlet for normies. More and more people invaded the internet, communities grew and grew, people became louder and louder as the internet was another form of speech that became large over time, social medias grew here and exploded in the late 2000’s and by the early 2010’s- guess what? Yeah. Nobody noticed but the normies invaded. It seemed as if it were done overnight yet, these communities just grew and grew and eventually, the Internet, alongside a couple other factoring medias (like gaming) is what defined the 2000’s. The age of the internet increased in speed- no more dial up, faster and faster went the internet train, taking down companies left and right. Corporate companies either bit the dust or happily went on the bandwagon. By 2010, the internet was crowded and infested with everyone. The outsiders were growing more and more uncomfortable while the normies were fascinated and explored the whole place. Until, the faceless corporate entities hypnotized the normies with smart phones, social media, and relatabile ads. By the 2010’s, old 2000’s media became more stale and stale, the majority (normies and generally those who got sick of it and wanted a breath of fresh air) alienated the past, and looked at the “bright future”- without noticing that the bright light was no less than a bulb that was controlled by the greedy companies who only wanted money, and where the money is, they will follow. The normies invading the internet were followed by these multi million dollar monopolies, and eventually found out a way to milk the money cow. That’s not to say that internet culture back then sucked, or was even ever good. What did you expect? Of course this would happen eventually. Is it truly a bad thing? Is it just like evolution? Media slowly evolves from one thing into another?

Idunno. After all, I’m just a kid. A kid who wants to “remember the good ol’ days”.

When in actuality, it’s just like a cycle. Like a meme. It grows and grows into a mighty dank force of entertainment. Until eventually, it dies off, thanks to oversaturation, and eventually gets replaced by an even stronger entity of a meme. What are my words gonna actually mean? I’m not stating anything important, if anything i’m just somewhat primary, somewhat secondary source- combining my knowledge and experience with those who recorded theirs back then. Whether through Urban Dictionary or Know Your Meme, I just wanted to make like the AVGN and bring people back to the past. None of this memes dying in less than 2 weeks or senseless YouTube drama or social media posting the same thing over and over again. This is an escape from today’s problems. I know that we can never truly escape all the bad things and even the 2000’s had a fair share of flaws but, is it so bad to just go back and enjoy a couple childhood/teenhood memories? Even for a bit? If you didn’t enjoy 2000’s internet that much, then you have a right to go back into the real world and do whatever you want! I’m not complaining. But for me, even in my teenage years right now, i’m just scared. It can go better, but it’s most likely gonna go worse in the future. Even without politics or drama, I still have to eventually give a crap as an adult; being responsible and all that. So, I just wanna enjoy my time as a kid, make it worth something. So that I can look back and say “Hey. At least I didn’t waste it trying to be an adult (or end up a man-child)”. And yeah-yeah i’m sorry for making you read too much and turning this into some childish moral lesson but, overall, do what you want. I’m just gonna stay back here for a little while- at least until i’m ready.

Thanks for the memories /b/ros

See ya next time, space cowboy.

Some Websites

They call it by many names. The internet cave of trolls, the online garbage bin, the cesspool of the web. Where all innocence, positivity, and productivity come to die. 4chan is a rather...interesting place. Not only is it my favorite place on the internet (and quite frankly the only viable one since it doesn’t censor comments or judge a person, just because of their controversial beliefs)  but it seems to be the ultimate hidden “gem” of the internet. Ironically, even though it may be “hidden”, it sure doesn’t hide its characteristics when someone is finally exposed to its “horrors”. I can’t go into too much detail since that would frankly take too long, however if you want to watch the whole history of 4chan and its culture, i recommend watching Sassy and Opinionated 4chan videos on youtube. Running since 2003, 4chan has been the internet go-to place for many basement dwellers, edgelords, haters, and generally the worst of the worst (by society’s standards). But, it doesn’t mean all people on 4chan are cruel human beings. This was (and still is) a place where people could lay off some of their inner thoughts and opinions  without any social backlash, since it is structured to have posters post and comment anonymously, so that there would be no possible way for people to get targeted in the real life world. Unlike most sites, 4chan doesn’t care about political correctness and who gets offended and who this and who that and- nah nah nah nah nah- 4Chan doesn’t care, period. The only time they ever get triggered (more specifically the mods and admins) are when: illegal content is posted or when the wrong thing is posted on the wrong board (for example, someone posts about physical education on the video game board, the post will not only get deleted, but the poster will most likely receive a 1-3 day ban from posting. Same thing applies to comments).  4chan is mainly divided by boards; /b/, /v/, /pol/, and /a/ seem to be the most popular of the bunch. Finally, 4chan has a culture of their own. Not only do they post the best memes of the internet (because they are the ones who produce 95% of them, or well, the good ones at least) but they also have their own titles to themselves. Instead of their own usernames like in pretty much every other internet site, posters on 4chan go by “Anon”, short for anonymous. And lastly, even though they might be “questionable”, “many” (very little) people on 4chan are actually talented; examples include artists from Newgrounds such as Zone-tan also had their roots in 4chan.

Newgrounds was the go-to flash website for many people, with their slogan being “Everything by Everyone” which is a perfect summarization of what the site is all about. Newgrounds and its community is all about the flash culture. Artists such as Zone-Tan, Edd Gould (Eddsworld), Tomska, Oney, Harry Partridge and others alike are the prime reason they are remembered today. Starting in 1995, Newgrounds was like the 4Chan of the mid to late 90’s seeping into the 2000’s very well with the introduction of flash which soon was the main inspiration for Tom Fulp (the creator of Newgrounds) and eventually one of the biggest sites that included flash as a part of the site’s culture. Artists would make talented flash animations and games on a monthly and sometimes weekly basis. Props to those animators, thank you, for not only making child-hoods golden, but for making a new age of entertainment. Eventually, Tom Fulp and artist Dan Paladin alongside their friend John Baez made “The Behemoth”, a game company that released cult classics for avid newgrounders. Such games include “Alien Hominid”,  “Castle Crashers”, and “BattleBlock Theater”. Many people liked these games mainly for their appealing and cartoonish art style. My favorite part of this website is the series made by many great animators. Such series include: Pico (Pico’s school), Awesome series (by Egoraptor), blockhead, brackenwood, and my personal favorite, Madness Combat. Although it is the last couple years of flash, Newgrounds and its creator Tom Fulp has realized this and even is prepared for the “Death of Flash”.

Back in classic YouTube, nobody cared about fame. It was all about posting fun videos with a crappy camcorder and laughing at and with everyone around. From Fred to Cr1tikal, YouTube was a place where memes also grew and rapidly became one of the fastest growing sites ever made. YouTube was just so much fan back then, especially watching YTPs back then was one of my favorite pastimes as a child. Aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh- toobaditssucksnowwwwwwwwww.

It’s like Newgrounds except solely for Stick figures! This was like a heaven for me as a child. My favorite series (besides Madness Combat) being Xiao Xiao. This website hosted the best Stick fights, animations, games, you name it. It (most likely) has it. Not only that, it had a mascot! How cool is that? While Newgrounds had Tankman (whoops forgot to add that. I refuse to add any more though), Stickpage had Crazy Jay, a hyper jacked up ninja stick figure. This was where i would find out many series such as madness combat, Henry Stickmin, and many more.

Basically the Facebook before Facebook (even though they co-existed at the same time). Myspace was the main social media from the early to mid 2000’s. It was the original “Hey ________ is doing this right now”. And “Hey, _____________ likes this music”. It connected people pretty quickly, which is what made it so popular in the first place. Although it was very popular for the time being, over time it should an interesting decline of users. Many people think it was because of the site’s inconsistent layout that would change every couple of months that annoyed users and eventually made Facebook soon after the king of Social media.

This was (and still is) the place where people would come up with at-the-current-time slang alongside internet slang. The beauty here is that if you were some socially awkward pleb, and you happen to hear some kids around you say some weird language that makes no sense, you could just break out the good ol’ UD and look it up, further signifying that you are socially inept regarding popular trends and in internet speak.

GameFAQs is where most of the kids back then came to look at cheats for their favorite “vidya gaems”. Perhaps they are stuck on a level that they could perhaps care less or maybe they were trying to find secret weapons or rooms or whatever for any game. Point being, GameFAQs was there when the internet started exploding with population and when games were starting to dwindle with less and less secrets as the years came by. But even then, this site was not only good for secrets and cheat codes but it was also a message board for discussing topics concerning video games and opinions of said video games, much like the /v/ board of 4chan.  

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