It's Review Time

Week 13

Unlike the dark depths of 4chan these websites are meme-y and fun yet unpleasent at the same time.

This is a picture of the front page of reddit's site
This is a picture of a subreddit from reddit
This is a picture of the front page of 9gag's site
This is a picture of a post on 9gag
This is a picture of the front page of 4chan
This a is an almost clean forum


It's a site and app for free speech and will sometimes will see things that are credible, factual, and charitable as well as silly, offensive, and weird. To a degree, a voting system helps police the area. Links with the most positive votes float to the top of the page, but there’s no telling why people vote the way they do. It also has a one-to-one and group chat feature. Reddit is a peek into what people find interesting in the world and how they feel about it, but the adult attitudes and opinions expressed here can impact impressionable people. In the Reddit community, people who simply peruse the site without commenting or voting are referred to as lurkers. And while this is probably a good way to start figuring out the ins and outs of the site without making serious etiquette. Some of the subreddits are good, some of them are bad, and some of them are REALLY bad. However, beware of the subreddits made exclusively for hate, the users who have toxic attitudes towards people with differing opinions.


9Gag is a place for young adults to have a laugh, express themselves, and broaden their perspectives, but it's not appropriate or intended for children. Most users are probably 20- and 30-somethings with no time on their hands . There are plenty of posts that show violent content both in society as well as loads of profanity. Women are frequently referred to as "bitches" and men as "dicks," and although there's no overt hate speech, there's a lot of harsh commentary that can erupt on the site. 9GAG lets users scroll endlessly through memes, short videos, or plain images or register with an email address for the privilege of commenting on images or uploading (or linking to) their own. I wouldn’t recommend going here.


People’s analogical counterparts on the internet need a place to fit in. There was something needed in between. Reddit became that cafe of choice. It is moderately moderated, but still has freedom. 4chan is a series of wholly anonymous, anything-goes forums. 4chan, in its layout and fundamental operation, is not terrifically different from Reddit, Something Awful, or other large-scale Internet forums. The site is broken up into threads where users can discuss different topics — everything from civet coffee to sex toys — and something like 22 million users do that every month. Posts are organized reverse-chronologically — although “organized” maybe overstates it. 4chan’s interface is deliberately, minimalist, which can make it difficult for non-regular users to access. A couple things make 4chan unusual as a forum, however. For one thing, unlike Reddit, users never need to make an account or pick a username — even a pseudonymous one. That means participants can say and do virtually anything they want with only the most remote threat of accountability. It also means you can’t message other users or establish any kind of social relationship with them, unless they reveal their identity in some way.

An almost phone version of reddit
A phone version of 9gag
A phone version of 4chan