Life news: I got a dog


Online Anonymity with the Founder of 4chan (TED Talk)


His talk is about 4chan, the anonymous message board that generates a great deal of Internet memes, such as LOLcatz. He makes the point that the anonymous nature of the product has seemed to have played a major role in its success.

But he warns that when real identity is no longer used, something is lost.

We’ve been discussing at Onward State for a while how we wanted to handle comments. We saw the Nieman post about Gawker’s success switching to a more restrictive commenting system– one that is moderated arbitrarily for quality of comment. I don’t think that’s the way to go. However, I believe that there might be value in requiring a user to sign-in before leaving a comment. My goal is a commenting system with the Huffington Post’s game dynamics (I love the idea of awarding badges) with a community like some of the Internet’s better blogs (I’m thinking more of the clusterflock type).

BTW, I’m looking forward to the image board moot is developing.


Your ad blocker is on.

Read ad free.

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter:
Support quality journalism:
Purchase a Subscription!


Real publishers, real problems, real opportunities

Here is a copy of my presentation and prepared remarks from WordCamp for Publishers 2019 in Columbus.

Chris Gethard & Mal Blum – Crying At The Wawa (Official Video)

Old but new to me.

Send this to a friend