Social Behavior: 4chan And Social Interaction

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There is no site on the internet that is more so a paradox than that of 4chan. It is a site of dueling ideologies, behind its simplistic façade the many voices of humanity battle for superiority that form a disgusting yet uniquely human viewpoint of reality. Forming a harsh yet accepting community and influencing for better or for worse all aspects of everyday life that exist outside the points of the simple image posting website. In many aspects 4chan is the alpha and the omega the beginning and the end, it provokes the spread of new and radically ideas as easily as it destroys everything that it touches. 4chan does not attempt to make it understandable. it does not feel the need to do so. But rather it does the complete opposite, forming …show more content…
(Encyclopedia Dramatica 2016) corresponding to the social roles that they play in the online community, it is also of note that these roles are not mutually exclusive as these are descriptions of behavior rather than prescriptive bounds for behavior the person is expected to uphold. Newfags are new users of 4chan, they are the adolescents of 4chan, they will inevitably do not understand the common language and may easily become confused by the ritual that is posting on the site, they may not fully understand the cultural rules of the site and lack social capital in any regard they are often known for their behavior of meme-spamming and various other rule breakings. Oldfags were once Newfags themselves and were likely and likely either moralfags or /i/fag and can be considered the elderly of 4chan culture reminiscing about the way things were and they teach the Newfags the traditions albeit using some of the most colorful language imaginable. (Knuttilia, 2011). Moralfags are those of the type that eventually split off to form the hacktivist collective Anonymous. These people exist in moral ambiguity and operate under the assumption that illegal acts can have morally correct outcomes. This behavior affects their actions on the site. The /i/nsurgent has one purpose: to cause as much grief as possible. They are internet trolls meaning that they derive pleasure by causing as much hate and negativity as possible they strive. And finally, there are the channers, who have become accustomed to the rituals and the practices of the website but not necessarily fit into any of the other categories they are effectively the vast majority of users as they do not commonly exhibit any of the other 4 roles to notable extremes. (Encyclopedia Dramatica,

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