Since 2009 I have been to 4chan, on and off again, posting there every now and then but mostly observing it from the sidelines as this interesting, constantly transmutating nihilistic beast, always screaming from its chinless mouth, chained to the wall by it's own stupidity. I feel like whatever that cesspool was, is and will be, it's connected to /leftypol/ as well, as most of us have started out from 4chan in one way or another.
Enough of the intro, I'll get to the very core of my question - does there exist such a thing as a comprehensive overview of 4chan, detailing each board's relation to one another, how the boards have grown/shrunk over time, what migrations have they endured from people outside of chan culture?
I think that a more detailed insight on 4chan and it's components and culture is needed to understand the specific monster, called /pol/. And, PLEASE, don't just refer to materials that look into fascism - I don't want a thread dead because I cannot lurk and need to be spoonfed on fascism. I mean, any overviews, videos, screencaps of previous posts or other materials on 4CHAN in particular.
Answer to my question will help me to gain answers to my personal hypothesis. I basically want to control a hypothesis which is saying that 4chan is right now in a stabilization process where individual boards and their cultures are fighting to gain independence from /pol/ and in a 5-10 years time, unironic fascism in /pol/ or 4chan in general will be dead.
This hypothesis comes from the fact that if you are one of the oldfags, you probably remember there was a time when 4chan was still not politically correct, but apolitical - a bit leftist, perhaps even, as evidenced by that old Bill O'Reily comment about 4chan being a far-left forum. What if 4chan can move back to being apolitical? I am not saying that it will up it's quality, it can still remain a cesspool with stupidity and cuss words, but with a more apolitical nuance, or even a leftist nuance?
Important thing to note is that there has been a generation change in 4chan - it's very obvious that people who go to 4chan today are not the same people who were there in the 00's. If you ask people of 4chan now, it's not rare to find people not knowing what "pool's closed" means, or even who Christopher Poole is. This generational change implies that there must have been a change in 4chan, like how in every 7 years, all the cells in your body have renewed and you are technically speaking made from completely different stuff now, and older, but still essentially, "you" are "you", and you still feel like yourself.
If you don't know any good sources, you are welcome to post in this thread with your own take on 4chan. Any constructive or longer posts ITT will help me (and others with the same question) get towards better understanding of where 4chan was, is, and will be, and in turn, will help me navigate more intelligently in the chan culture and internet culture. It is very critical to not operate under false notions and preconceptions when dealing with the beast that it is.
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