Incoherent ramblings, devlogs, edgy philosophy and other topics of interest

I constantly complain about the lack of website diversity in the modern internet. Sadly, the last remnants of the free, community driven internet have mostly faded into a concept of the past. Simply put, corporate influence over the infrastructure runs deep enough that, were not for the scattered efforts of dedicated enthusiasts, the internet would be completely devoid of its original potential, becoming indistinguishable from any other lifeless, monopolized, endeavor.

Surviving in cyberspace as a legitimately free and autonomous community requires total commitment to the engineering, administration, maintenance, legality and moderation of the platform, such that only those that manage to turn in a profit that justifies the effort and risk have any chance of survival. Even then, the myriad of ways that the all-powerful competition can undermine smaller platforms makes it implausible for anything but the most sophisticated, underground efforts (onion markets, private decentralized messageboard, etc.) to have a fighting chance. Digital platforms on the mainstream internet are, therefore, always at risk of being targeted and dismantled, further discouraging the rise of new online ventures and keeping the ones online in check. Step out of line, and you'll be silently culled.

Decimated as the autonomous domains have gotten, there has been a comparatively small, yet symbolically victorious resurgence of anti-conformism with the current state of affairs by the programmers and engineers that the monopolization of the net has displaced. The few, independent platforms that still hold some relevancy have made it this far partially thanks to the collective, organic efforts of their respective administration and user base in defiance of the dystopian alternatives.

However, finding such communities is becoming an increasingly difficult challenge. In particular for the newer generations that, despite being born in a post-internet world, rarely venture beyond their mainstream prisons and thus, have been conditioned to rely on corporate solutions for what, in reality, are very basic services. To make matters worse for these unfortunate individuals, their mega-corporations of "choice" are most definitely, ruthlessly undermining their clientele by abusing their trust and ignorance. Often through sophisticated means that most are not willing to even believe real.

Nevertheless, the aforementioned digital realms where the last exchanges of unfiltered, untainted ideas still happen remain open, eagerly awaiting new participants to nurture its community. A good example of such platforms is lainchan.

A cyberpunkish, anonymous imageboard named after a surprisingly introspective if somewhat niche anime that revolves around discussing related subjects. Not particularly known for the stereotypical shitposting inherent to anonymous communities, it's one of the last bastions of cyberpunk culture worth participating in, at least in the clearnet. It's publicly available and requires no registration to post, making it an easy target for hackers, trolls and shills, despite this, the board remains relatively clean, probably due to its moderate popularity and organized moderation. Regardless, responses on anything but the most active threads do take their time to pour in, it's no reddit or 4chan in terms of sheer population density, that's for sure. It's to be expected since it's pro-freedom / anti-censorship attitude gets invariably associated with some recently conceived social taboos (an excellent way of reinforcing mainstream, sterilized preferences) that filter many, if not most, potential new users.

Those that do stay around tend to be more than just wandering cybernauts, a good deal of them can be considered aficionados to at least one of the discussed subjects. Such users are among the best additions to any community because they have the drive to participate in the current discussions, and it's from the mix of attuned veterans, eager new members and the liberty to exchange ideas that solidifies the platform's culture, crucial for the long term success of any collective. It's the unwritten rules of the game that ultimately serves as a catalyst for the personality that will be associated with the brand, hence why the mainstream alternatives all seem to complement the same superficial image of sterility and safety that encourages it's users to stay within corporate influence. Lest they learn a wrong opinion or two.