series on cancelled futures

  1. Venomnik0

    Bad Reflection on the Modern Day.

    I ended up going full braindead and typing this whole thing out in a thread but it got so out of topic that I decided to do it here: As I look at 2018-2024; there has been something I have noticed, a huge change in the culture from 2015 to 2018, and a subsequent big change from 2020 on due...
  2. nsequeira119

    YouTube Has Kicked The Bucket

    It's interesting whenever people try to assign a specific date to the death of a platform, considering that platforms and corporations and websites and the like are sprawling complex entities. I think it can be done with relative accuracy, however. For me, the date of YouTube's death will always...
  3. Elbrus_uwu

    Internet and Sexual Deviancy

    First and foremost I think y'all can guess what to expect from this thread from the title. When it comes to the internet I think one of the more universal aspects is being exposed to unusual forms of pornographic content one way or the other. Even in mostly "safe" social media platforms like...
  4. VaporwaveHistorian

    Words to Slurs, Slurs to Words: Changing Language and Politics

    Language changes over time, this is the natural course of any living thing, and languages act like they're living beings. So, we can't really stay in the past about this, although it's fun to slide in a few old words like we're Ann-Margret and Elvis Presley in Vegas every now and then. However...
  5. Chomsky Honk

    Higher education as a mean of immigration to the West

    So I'm thinking about finally leaving my eastern satrapy for the enlighted West. Since I am 20 something years old with no money or profession, the only plausible way is to seek education there. I need something free, or cheap, preferably with english-language programs. I don't really need...
  6. Punp

    Alternative futures: Nostalgia can be a driver to branch from an earlier place in time

    In another thread, @Jodo_Fan mentioned about the user's nostalgic desire for old technology and the way things were, mixed with @Some_porcupine's word salad about lost futures, and it got me thinking. Today I ordered a camera that saves to floppy disks for my trip to Japan, and I turned my eye...
  7. sungen

    Old Internet Mockfights

    One of my favorite things about growing up in the 2000s and 2010s is how unabashedly "autistic" (for lack of better word) people who used the net were, it was charming how everyone wanted to be a tough guy with their srs personas. What really gets me going is videos of people doing like, "fake...
  8. Punp

    Tales from Gamedev: How marketers aim to be "just one of you"

    I've been in the back of a few board rooms - both real and virtual - and I've learned that advertising is exploitative and sociopathic (duh). Here are some examples, mostly from gamedev. The average phone/browser has a unique ad id which tracks users between sites (like insta/youtube) and...
  9. containercore

    Is the economy a zero sum game?

    A quick google search of this question gives a resounding answer: "No, IDIOT!" The reason given for why the economy isn't zero sum is "wealth creation", a nebulous ill-defined concept which I'm not entirely sure exists, at least not in the way it's usually touted. A common explanation of why...
  10. happyhappy

    Wojak Culture and Modern Internet Discussion

    Hey guys been a while but I was wondering what y'all thought of the Wojak/PepeTheFrog/Chad culture that surrounds a lot of online communities. Personally, I have grown very distasteful of the whole style. I'm talking about the people who unironically use the word "based" and make edits of their...
  11. Psionic

    Forums, personal websites and private instances of chat rooms will be the only safe places from AI bots

    Forums, personal websites and private instances of chat rooms will be the only safe places from AI bots Hello, I wanted to say , it is quite nice this forum is still active and alive because of the future we may face. Im talking about the unavoidable mass creation of believable bots accounts...
  12. passerby

    The People v. The U.S. Dollar

    ~Essay originally published on Substack & Medium~ Inflation has forced many Americans into a debt-based lifestyle. Everyday ecommerce transactions reflect this reality: At the end of nearly every purchase sits a "buy now, pay later" option ready to tap cash-strapped consumers. In fact...
  13. Ross_Я

    Science is modern religion as demonstrated by theory of evolution

    I've never intended to do this, and I'm definitely out of my waters here, but nevertheless, here I go. Thing is, theory of evolution is probably the perfect example of how science becomes just another religion. It is taught in schools as the only truth, and subsequently it produces people that...
  14. turntableToothache

    Gamergate 2 / Sweet Baby Inc discussion thread

    Remember Gamergate? Yeah, me neither. For a refresher, it was a dramatic happening back in 2014 where some e-thot called Zoe Quinn (allegedly) had sex with with game journalists for positive reviews on her below average visual novel. Gamers found about it through her ex and it caused the whole...
  15. passerby

    Starving for The Feed: On Invasive Social Media Algorithms

    One thing I love about Agora Road is the serendipitous feed. Unlike modern social media feeds organized by algorithms, Agora doesn't seem to over-analyze my behaviors and thought patterns (devs, correct me if I'm wrong!). Stalker-like social media algorithms will do anything to keep us engaged...
  16. willhelpme

    The Day the Internet Died... And Came Back Again. Like New Coke.

    They say the oldest tricks are the best because so many people don't believe they'd fall for something so ancient and big as they're much too clever and slick. And thats why they're so effective. In your lifetime you'll Witness the net, as you know it, die. They'll blame the handy, dandy...
  17. Deckade

    Do you believe the wind down of social media and the end times of the internet are a coordinated effort?

    So, since social media has existed, there have been those who have sought to influence it, but recently it feels insane that so few social media sites and forums with free expression are emerging. There are over four billion internet users, and yet this is one of the last semi rational sites...
  18. Vitnira

    Was the Old Web safer from Groomers?

    Recently I made a pithy comment about my days on GaiaOnline, where I was a young retard who posted edgy and/or XDDDD :3 crap. I first made an account at 11 (and was an absolute terror on the forums I frequented for being an annoying shit). It made me think of how now I definitely don't want my...
  19. timelinker14

    Internet Pills

    If you remember in the late 2000s and early 2010s, the terms "blue pill" and "red pill" began spreading around. Of course, these all began becuase of the 1999 movie, The Matrix. The term red pill became associated with incels, MGTOW, and men's right activist. It provided a "harsh truth" about...
  20. Hadrian Hardrada Cicero

    Frutiger Aero Thread

    Fuck it, Y2K is nice, but the majority of us (maybe) largely grew up on the aesthetics after Y2K. Post everything Frutiger Aero related. Games, movie, music, you name it. Thread Theme View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_9ujx5UjlM