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Hidden Internet

Here you will find obscure interesting stories you will not usually find anywhere else. They are either written by the Travelers of Agora Road or cited sources from others across the web.
https://damagemag.com/2022/04/21/the-internet-is-made-of-demons/ Sam Kriss April 21, 2022 Review of Justin E.H. Smith, The Internet Is Not What You Think It Is: A History, A Philosophy, A Warning (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2022). According to one theory, the internet is made of demons. Like most theories about the internet, this one is mostly circulated online. On Instagram, I saw a screenshot of a >redditcostanzayeahrightsmirk post, containing a screenshot of a 4chan post, containing a screenshot of Tweet, containing two images. On the left, the weird, loopy lines of a microprocessor. On the...
1. "Silence. Noise." I don't know who said that. I'm tired, but as it happens there's nobody outside and I know there isn't. I'm aware of my surroundings- out here on my hammock, nestled tightly in, between the folds, untethered by gravity, free to rock back and forth. One way and the other, simple motions of comfort in an increasingly uncomfortable environment. It's all I can hope to do. One more sip of lemonade, then I go in for the night. Check my watch. 3:20 A.M. Before I do, I stretch my ankles and look up at the stars- the way the breeze seems to carry certain aromas, the...
Years of Discovery: I'm going to make a small thread about this particular aesthetic, unseen by many; misunderstood by most. It is no vaporwave, and it surely doesn't have the popularity of it either. Popularized by a particular European rapper Yajubin and then carried off to its ultimate form by the internet. This is Xpiritualism; Or I'd rather call it Internet Surf Aesthetic. I only want to make a short thread (I have to study sorry.) to bring light to it, because I find it so interesting. It has many weird notes unlike many other aesthetics; It is brash, contrasting, and at times...
This is a communication I saw on the 'Letterbox' textboard, which I believe is a very cool perspective. Letterbox can be found at: https://afternoon.dynu.com/letterbox.html The thread was titled 'Moving On From the Culture War' and read as such: Here is something I tend to ponder on, and I wonder about your perspective on it: I think part of healing the Web after a decade of so of stagnation involves making a break from the current stagnant culture. I tend to tour the 'small web', (for lack of a better term; I hate it when people call it the 'small web or 'indie web', makes it sound...
The following is an xpost. It has been reposted on other forums (a, b) with the original here. I have compiled the original post and the authors replies below. I am curious to hear Agorians thoughts on it. First, a few invites: @WKYK @Taleisin @Jackal @dorgon @CycFL @Sketch Relics @insomniac @InsufferableCynic @I-330 @wearyinternettraveler @Dr. MacGutsy @Regal @AnHero @UCD @7Pebbles @№56 @Another Name @Punp If you stand back and look at the shape of the world in the past twenty years, nothing really makes any sense at all. Killing nearly a million people in Iraq seems like...
(A Vox article, so there's some predictable concerns, but I find it prescient, since it's something I've been thinking about for a while, and since I am at the age where I have to start 'building a social media presence' in order to get a job.) So you want to be an artist. Do you have to start a TikTok? When Rachael Kay Albers was shopping around her book proposal, the editors at a Big Five publishing house loved the idea. The problem came from the marketing department, which had an issue: She didn't have a big enough following. With any book, but especially nonfiction ones, publishers...
("Marxist" in this case refers to David Marx, and his book, Status & Culture. Not commie shit, I just thought the title would make ya look. :gigachad: ) In his book, David Marx discusses the way that status distinctions between 'high-status' and 'low-status' people define society, and how striving to move up the social ladder, or to create new status structures (subcultures, countercultures) can drive artistic innovation and cultural change. Here he notes the recent cultural shifts that have led to gatekeeping or elitism (previous ways of enforcing status) of any kind to be unpopular, and...
Hallucinatory Deaths on Tiktok image: dall-e 2 result for prompt "mirror incident, TikTok, hunter schaffner and holden goyette, shattered glass, thousands of tiny pieces, vaporwave 2023" so, there's a celebrity named Hunter Schafer. to avoid turning this thread into a political debate - and because it's not relevant to the topic anyway - I won't go into any further detail except to say that Schafer is very popular among zoomers. so it's kind of odd that when you type "hunter sch..." into google, 3 of the top results involve "hunter schaffner", which is either a very unlikely misspelling...
The new "Scream" sequel, "The Matrix Resurrections" and every Marvel film ever indulges in nudge-nudge moments of fan service now. (This is an article from vice. Proof that a broken clock is right twice a day.) Remember when being a nerd was uncool? If you were born in or after the 90s, the answer is likely no. That was the decade when the geeks dusted themselves down, de-wedgied their underwear and claimed popular culture as their own, filling our cinema and TV screens with a generation of icons whose real-world inspirations needed little decoding. Quentin Tarantino's movie gangsters...
(In which a feminist almost reaches empathy for men--then swerves left in the nick of time.) Originally posted to Medium. I woke up this morning with this terrible fucking feeling, and I was like I know this feeling. How do I know this feeling? Where is this horrible feeling from? And then I was like, oh yeah — this is that feeling from back when I had boyfriends. I haven't had one in over 5 years, and I kind of assumed that those old weird insecure feelings I used to have were something I just matured out of. But, nope. Apparently what happened is that I stopped dating dudes. What...
This a thread dedicated to the strange world of skatworx/skat animation. This is also known commonly as "MSPaint animations". This type of animation dates back almost to the 80s (as far as I know) and got popular around the mid to late 2000s. Some notable skat animators are: *warning this list could be wrong* GHXYK2 GHXXXYK2 Bank Bank famicon2008 (an old group of skat animators now disbanded) Delta 4 (the team behind the game "The Town with No Name") Jim Wilson Cboyardee Swee Neezy Penneh2006 PilotRedSun Wainstop Enterprises (the new "famicon2008") BraxtonThePorcupine Nicholas Fedorov...
(These are excerpts from a book I'm reading; The Age of Entitlement by Chris Caldwell. In it he discusses how the Civil Rights Act of 1964 launched America into a 'new constitutional reality' which was at odds with the old one. Very interesting book. makes me think.) The legislation of the mid-1960s made legal equality a fact of American life. To the surprise of much of the country, though, legal equality was now deemed insufficient by both civil rights leaders and the government. Once its ostensible demands had been met, the civil rights movement did not disband. It grew. It turned...
I feel like Agoraroad is a place for internet refugees. A place we're found after having to wander across a digital desert because our previous homes have burned down. The Decameron is a famous work of Italian literature and its core premise is that a group of characters fleeing from the plague find shelter together and pass the time sharing their stories. And this has been my experience so far on Agora. The people here all seem to have different backgrounds and stories about the places on the net they used to hangout on. Stories about their fallen countries and hometowns now ruined by the...
CAPTION: I paid $5 to feed 20 photos of myself to an AI avatar generator. The results are a mix of flattering and absurd, but none look quite like me. Fellow Travelers, we're living in a strange limbo as AI exits geek circles to sweep the public consciousness and private marketplace of everyday normies. Do these things have staying power? (This essay originally appeared on my Substack and Medium.) Humans love imagining a future landscape—or hellscape, depending on one's view—of robots taking over the world à la Terminator. Even so, we've already delegated many critical tasks to...
This is a piece sent to me by a friend, and which I found surprisingly interesting, a blogpost from 2014 by a Scott Alexander. It presents an idea that in discourse which is to do with groups or 'ideologies', a sort of stalemate can occur which prevents the proper expression of the case of some group, or side, or whatever. I'm interested in the ideas of Agora users on this piece nearly a decade after it was written. I. There was an argument on Tumblr which, like so many arguments on Tumblr, was terrible. I will rephrase it just a little to make a point. Alice said something along the...
This article was written by sadgirl.online which details the way the internet has changed and a path to move forward from our hell. :RedWojak: The internet has changed... It's surprising how many people equate "the Internet" with "social media". It's like having access to 1,000,000x the Library of Alexandria every day, and only being interested in keeping up with what people are talking about in the lobby. The internet used to be: a place for creative expression vastly customizable a space for people, by people The internet has become: a marketplace (and we are the product) a...
Had a conversation with @SolidStateSurvivor and apparently there's nowhere to post your projects. Basically you can just shill out your stuff (preferably that your working on, otherwise it could go in the media category), and whatever. If anyone's looking for help on any of their stuff, I might be down, or you can ask around. If you need tips/tricks/ideas, hopefully somebody will give you some. post your: -websites -music -artwork (of any type) ALSO I WILL START A GRAFFITI THREAD IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED I'm out of types of projects lol so I'll leave it at that and you can figure out...
So, as some of you might know, I have a deep fear of watching anime. I am afraid of being bullied by those watch anime. So that being said, I was wondering if there is anyone out there, who would be willing to help me overcome my fear of anime. I envision something akin to that of Komi Can't Communicate, where the school comes together to help her overcome her anxiety. I wish the same thing, for people to come together to help me overcome this fear, and enjoy it like I have once before while I'm still young. Is there any way we could have viewing parties here on Agora?
This is pulled from the Biggie Cheese wiki page. I'm not sure how exactly this lore was created but I find it extremely funny Biggie Cheese Biggie Chester Latorace Cheese (August 4th 1954 - September 17th 2019) was a Gangster Rapper and former U.S. Army Lieutenant made famous for his cameo in the 2006 film, Barnyard. Biggie is considered one of the best rappers to ever inhabit this blue marble that we call earth. He released over 50 songs throughout his musical career before his death in 2019 his most popular of which is a single that dropped in 1993 titled, Orphanage on Fire, which...
I just finished reading a book called 'Stolen Focus' by Johann Hari, about the various ways modern life makes it difficult for us to focus. Apart from social media manipulation, poor diet, and poor sleep, he identifies the way children have been raised since the 1990s as something that increases anxiety and erodes focus. Here are a few excerpts I found interesting: "A few years ago I was sitting drinking coffee at sunset in a small village at the edge of a forest in Cauca, in the south-west of Colombia. A few thousand people live here, growing the caffeinated drinks we glug globally to...
The user /u/Civil-Try-31-41 has made the same post on several sub-reddits over the past couple of days, including /r/OntarioUniversities, /r/WLU, /r/Paramedics, /r/UofT, /r/CarletonU, /r/LawSchool, /r/Algonguin_College, and /r/JordanPeterson. In each post, which are identical, the poster claims that as a result of their interest in the paramedic program at a Canadian college, they they have been plagued with hallucinations and mental illness. This includes what appears to be the coordinator of the program astral projecting into the poster's mind, using vague technologies that supposedly...
Not my story, it comes from an /x/ thread but I wanted to share it on here. Included are the original posts from the OP and added photos to help with the immersion. Hello /x/. After a lot of thinking, and a couple of drinks - I have finally decided to share some of my experiences. English is not my native language, so forgive me if my grammar isn't perfect. >be me >late 1990's >work in a very rural area of Russia, as a sort of ranger/wildlife preservasionist >in Russia we don't have the same regulations and strict protocol as some of you might >we more or less just drive around on...
I wanted to archive this retrospective here before the site is completely down. This was written by a user "carpathianflorist" from ruqqus a >redditcostanzayeahrightsmirk style clone. Hi there! It's me, carp, your favorite Ruqqus user! And I'm here to send Ruqqus on its way to the great 404 in the sky with a brief retrospective on the whole sordid affair. I personally arrived on these purple shores in June 2020, the day r/DeuxRAMA was banned. >redditcostanzayeahrightsmirk had also recently banned my sub r/SpiritualBankruptcy which almost immediately exploded in popularity, and I was pretty salty about that too. So with Deux gone...
This is a mix of my own writing and things I've read. I'll credit where appropriate. I'm a young guy, so I never actually lived pre-internet, and barely remember life pre-smartphone, but I think I've got a unique experience compared to some of my peers. This is because I went to boarding school for several years, and the boarding schools I've been to were generally low-tech. I used computers either for only an hour a day or not at all. No phones or any other tech, either. All I really had for entertainment was books. They let us watch TV too sometimes, but that was mostly dominated by the...
This is an article by Jef Raskin, who has worked in computing since the '60s and worked at Apple. He notes the high number of historical inaccuracies in various accounts of Apple's history, and muses on the cause of such mistakes. I think it's an interesting microcosm of greater flaws in the study of History. You can find it here: https://digibarn.com/friends/jef-raskin/writings/holes.html HOLES IN THE HISTORIES In Slaughterhouse 5, Vonnegut's protagonist, Pilgrim, is in a hospital ward adjacent to a writer discussing a book he's working on about the bombing of Dresden in World War II...
This is an article that was published in Esquire Magazine in 1984. It was written by William Broyles Jr. In it he muses on the fascination men have with making war. You can read it here: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/news/a28718/why-men-love-war/ Why Men Love War I last saw Hiers in a rice paddy in Vietnam. He was nineteen then--my wonderfully skilled and maddeningly insubordinate radio operator. For months we were seldom more than three feet apart. Then one day he went home, and fifteen years passed before we met by accident last winter at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in...
:MedTime: This post was not written by me but an anonymous user from 4chan :MedTime: > Me, 17. > At friend's house, playing video games and hanging out > Have to shit really bad > It's taco bell shits. > The kind that are really greasy, and takes forever to wipe > Like, 16 ft. of TP and leaving streaks the whole way through > Say BRB and hit the bathroom > Start releasing the colon-ctuhlhu a fraction of a sec before my ass ham-slapped the toilet seat > Sweet relief. > Reach for TP. saw roll was all used up. > Look around. no TP. Anywhere. > Stranded on the 1st floor of his house without...
bchmmmmm This post was not written by me but an anonymous user from /fit/ bchmmmmm Whevs here's the story. It's fucking long but bear with me. >friend not in the story tells us about place to get palm readings >lifting buddy and I go to get palms read >show up to this shady ass place at 10 in the morning wearing our workout gear >ghost bitches already mirin >stereotypical scraggly gypsy woman shakes our hands and seats us at the table with a crystal ball >asks who wants to go first >hispanic heritage kicks in and I nope at the last minute >friend chads up to the plate >woman grabs his...
I can't remember where I copied this story from, but it's been kicking around in my various hard drives for a few years. It's good for a laugh every once in a while, so I thought I would post it for you guys. x-post from r/Morrowind. Little story by u/Nwahserasera found in the comment section of this thread. God I spent countless hours as a teen playing on a heavily modded and roleplay enforced ultima online server. I played Cedric Sartone, simple farmer turned tavern owner who eventually turned it into THE BEST PLACE IN TOWN. It was poppin every night, I was buddies with every...
<CROSSPHASE> A dim room drowning in Pixelated Ocean. Scrolling digital tapestry, a mere sliver of the vast virtual nebulae, glows in a personal void. A personal void mesmerizing into Public Void; commixing into a singular behemoth. Sixtyfour zettabytes (one zettabyte = one sextillion bytes) of neural mycelium digest its surroundings, absorbing the nutrients to branch further. A contact binary, infiltrating while infiltrated. You can blindly plant your roots into the internet while it burrows into your psyche VERSUS you can become aware of its impact and attempt to control it; how...
Lets say you are in a situation where One of them will defend you from the other. Which one would you choose as your defender, why? The Knight +No mind to think. +No will to break. +No voice to cry suffering. +Born of God and Void. +Killed God +King of Hollownest +Sick nail +Domestic violance advocate and actively participates by beating up her siblings +A mind to think +A will that might get broken +A voice +kinda cute sheep +Killed god +Master of all weapons and magic(except nail) +Pro murder +Has his own cult
Rainfurrest 2015, a furry convention with a legacy for being one of the many awful ideas put into action by the furry community. A well-known event documented by the likes of the Internet Historian, it's a tale of drugs, betrayal, shit filled diapers, sexual assault, and multiple people needing serious medical attention. In this Hidden Internet article I will be going over the history, controversy, and downfall of Rainfurrest, and helping you understand why you should not allow furries to hold a convention anywhere near you. Prior to Rainfurrest 2015, there were nine previous that hadn't...
I have been going down that rabbithole for some time, i just didn't care before. I think i was wrong. First, Liam Vickers, he has a lot of creations. He has some issues around making cute but psycho characters and cringe dialogs. He compensates with the cringe by being self aware of it. He has a lot of animations small unfinished animations but Murder Drones is his biggest soo i will talk about it. It has fukken rowbats and they fight. It isn't finished yet but you can watch the first 3 episodes here. Second one is Vivziepop, she writes equally cringe dialogs but more vulgar. She...
This was originally written by an Anon in 2016, attached are files of the original thread I don't normally comment on x, just lurk most of the time, but i saw this thread and figured why the fuck not I'll post. I had 3 different events, might have to post them separately, might not post all of them if i get tired of typing, i suck at green-text btw so I'll just type it out. The first event i had was when i was a kiddo, although i didn't realize it until i was older, but my parents and schoolteachers did. Before 9/11 i was always (ALWAYS) drawing cities, and would put the twin towers...
This post was originally created on 4chan, the TLDR version is posted below. Important to note, Ideology does not matter for this. :hspin:Agora Road is Apolitical. Posted here for archival purposes and reading entertainment. Please Enjoy.:hspin: Here is some discussion on the validity of this method and if it glows bright or not https://forum.agoraroad.com/index.php?threads/is-operation-preinstall-minecraft-a-cia-honeypot-pysop-or-a-legitimate-resistance-technique.3945/post-23160 Thread Theme music: View: https://youtu.be/Iuq3hNiUcds View: https://youtu.be/Zk405nQ1Sv8 TLDR...
In August of 2012, the fine people at PepsiCo held an online contest to decide the name of their new apple flavoured Mountain Dew. They held it in high hopes of receiving mature and sensible answers that could help them sell a decent product to the public, but this is the internet we are talking about and it wasn't before long the last group of people PepsiCo would want to enter their contest found their new website: the /b/ board of 4chan Gushing Granny was first to take the lead but a fair chunk of the board thought that was not hard-hitting enough of a name and decided to take it a...
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This post was not written by me but an anonymous user I was debating if I should post this story, but after a few weeks of nothing happening, I decided to say fuck it and post it. So first, some context. I work as a ranger in the Bargunzinsky state natural reservoir near the lake Baikal. Over the past years I've come to find out that lake Baikal is a very fucked place. So here's a few of my experiences I'll start off with a few oddities Aside from the usual ice rings, Baikal zen, vehicles/animals/people stuck in ice, there are oddities like unknown ships appearing on foggy days. I...
Christopher Aaron Morris was an 11 year old boy who lived at the Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, TX. on September 25, 2000, his father came home from work to find the naked, mutilated body of his son in the dishwasher. despite extensive investigations, the case has never been solved. the gruesome story inspired numerous r*ddit threads and podcast episodes. web searches for "christopher aaron morris" bring up various sites that host user-generated content: plebbit, facebook, blogspot, ancestry.com, findagrave. what is unusual is that there are seemingly no news articles or police...
Nikocado Manifesto This is a compilation of anonymous Kiwi Farms testimonies after accepting the truth and power of Nick Perry, enjoy View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3NsBA_vvN8 View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ua1v7w9m0Uo To the uninitiated, Nik is a mentally ill weirdo killing himself for views. To the ones who know, he is an economic genius pulling the strings of drama, and at a larger part, culture itself. He is fat and gay and I would would WOULD have sex with him (for money). I've doubted it but now I'm Nikpilled. "It's not that deep, y'all. For the 9 millionth...
The damn monster is 13k words long, so I'll break it into a few parts. It's gonna be like a little series. A little trigger warning (yes, like on tumblr) here for those who have suffered with self-harm: there are explicit depictions of self-harm in this story. If you're sensitive to it, it may not be for you. I wrote this at age 12, date of creation says November 25, 2012. I probably abandoned it a month later in December. It's unfinished and will remain so since... well lmfao I'm not 12 anymore It may be quite a heavy story when you think about it, the amount of despair and pain is...
This impressive hate-fueled rant was written originally in 1992 by Jim Goad for the Answer Me! magazine. But it could pretty much be written today. -THE UNDERGROUND IS A LIE- You don't shock me. 1 shudder with boredom at everything you do, from tattooing your dick to chewing on your own poop. Not only have I seen all of your weak gestures before, I've seen them done better. You remind me of someone I knew in college. His name was Mark. Pale, unshaven, and wearing his dishwater-colored hair in a Mohawk, Mark was an anarchist. He railed against the corporate elite and cheered for the...
I got up, wiped my eyes and started walking around, taking in the sights. I wanted to hang myself, but again, I remembered what Sakuya had said. It talked me out of suicide, and even, maybe the Yamaxanadu would choose to reincarnate me. I was getting closer to Moriya sanctuary when the light started going down. I then made a U-turn. The night was getting closer and Remilia would be furious at me once again if I wasn't home before dark. I started running, just like I did when I was going to the Sanzu after arguing with Sakuya, faster and faster. When I got to the Misty Lake, I got tired...
I wrote this in 2012 (creation date says December 28, 2012), and I decided to translate this memeworthy bit to share with you agorans. I have a much longer one with a depressive Meiling but man, this one was fun to revisit. Feel free to use as a copypasta and mock in every way you want because it's fucking ridiculous. I was 13. At 13 you suck at writing to the point it's so bad it's good. Tenshi-suika (the story had no title, this was the file name) _________________________________________________________________________________ There were not-so-joyful days in Suika Ibuki's life. Like...
I've always been an advocate for gatekeeping, and many others on this server have shown to feel the same. On imageboards and forums the world over, there is a "Keep the normies out" sentiment. Protecting your subculture from the masses is a good thing, but you also need a steady trickle of new blood to keep from becoming stale. Gatekeeping then is not only the art of keeping people out, but also the art of allowing the right people in. I think that no place on the internet I've seen exemplifies this better than Minecraft's 2B2T. 2B2T is the oldest anarchy server on Minecraft. The premise...