>>24058287 Looking back, newgrounds wasn't very funny. Everything was either some shitty sprite animation with no voices or Mario vs sonic. Or super Mario ball z or jack Mathews action cop. They were great for their time but way better content is being produced now.
if it was actually good we'd still all be watching the flash movies and games there. It was just the best at the time, and you were a lot younger. It was probably an intensely relieving respite in school so you think it was better than it really was.
Whenever firefox started becoming shit and chrome started getting unanimous acceptance is around the time everything went to shit.
Anything that allows you to amass large numbers of social responses like instagram or youtube basically sucked all the life out of other websites.
>No smartphones >Social media wasn't a thing >Nerd hobbies weren't completely and utterly polluted by normie shits >You were made fun of for using the internet as a method of escapism >The Big Bang Theory wasn't even conceived yet
>Let's Play weren't a thing. Vidya uploads were actually entertaining >Mario, Zelda, and other childhood games were still treasured and parodies held more value >4chan, Newgrounds, and Something Awful made the Trinity of the Internet instead of Facebook, Twitter, and Buzzfeed >Sites like Buzzfeed weren't around to rape and exploit your childhood treasures >The Internet was just a means of escape and simple entertainment. You didn't have faggots making their entire living off of shitty YouTube videos >Snacks was still around and kept the newfaggotry out
>Jokes/Memes on the early Internet were just as bad if not worse, than what they are today. Only difference is that you didn't have fags trying to monopolize off of it. Memes were just used as an inside joke instead of every fag with a FaceBook account to post whenever they are to lazy and/or stupid to reply to someone with a different opinion than their's
Seriously, fuck this guy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWR4UA7OFeM
>>24063093 People have always been like that anon. Happened when vidya became popular as well.
For the Internet, as I and others have said, it used to be a place to escape. Then when every trendy, preppy faggot out there realized that social media was a thing and that they could spread their stupid-fuck opinions to a much larger audience on a world wide level of people who A) don't give a shit or B) think it's "cool" because it's the "hip new thing"... Like everything else... Genuine content goes away and a majority of content becomes some artificial, pre-packaged BS.
I guess I have a huge fucking itch when it comes to things being done out of personal enjoyment and interest as opposed to because it will sell.
Especially when it happens to my precious 4chan ;_;
I think the end of last decade and this one has truly awakened people up to how incredibly lonely they are, hence why social media is so rampant and successful, but yes, things now compared to back in early 00s have less or none of a genuine feeling towards them, everything feels hollow, phony, staged, etc. It's going to get even worse in years to come if things are like this now, can you imagine what they'll be 5 or 10 years from now?
Me too anon, me too, I don't know if it's because the internet is leaking more and more into reality, becoming more commonplace in everyday life why things don't feel as genuine as they do but it terrifies me a fuck tonne what the future will be like.
You can blame celebrity culture and morons buying into the "JUST LIKE US", influence for all of that, now because of it everyone with a mobile suddenly think they matter and are a celebrity when really it's just a case of monkey see; monkey do.
>What scared me probably the most, is this generation and the upcoming generation, its all about "me me me me". I saw an advert on TV for a young children's toy which is basically just a mobile but that worried me how much they are being pushed onto kids at such a very young age. God knows how this is going to badly effect them, for example, one of my nephews can't even talk yet but he somehow knows what an Apple iphone is by recognizing the logos and stuff. We're truly fucked when we get old.
>>24064158 Remember when CoD kiddies used to be a joke and showed the undeniable proof of bad parenting? Well, society saw this, let it happen, let their kids irresponsibly browse the Internet and shape its demographics...
And now this exists.
I don't know what to make of this, man... So many things wrong in our generation with 1 little piece of plastic...
I do, it was the true golden age of the Internet, a real Wild West of user creativity. It was a time you could just google something and be fucking entertained with the first 20 results. Now there's only like 5 websites worth visiting regularly. It fucking sucks.
>>24064918 Let's look at this situation, shall we?
These toys exists
Because of a video game.
A video game that became incredibly popular due to the Internet and places like YouTube
Some YouTubers don't play this game just for fun. They play at as a source of income. They're LIVES depend on millions of little kids watching them day after day play the SAME video game with little to no new content.
The reason why so many little kids watch these people is because of their parents not taking the responsibility and being a decent parent. Hell, would it kill these parents to just play the game with there kids for a while or set some standards?
These YouTubers who attract little kids have become so popular, they now have their own toyline.
Think about that...
People who do nothing but play the same game all day for a matter of income on the Internet have THEIR own toyline (not the game, but the people who PLAY the game) because of irresponsible parents.
>>24065288 Newgrounds has pretty much become Shadman's #1 advertising place. Otherwise it's mostly a boring vidya parody here, a crappy flash there, and every once in a while there's something cool that stands out.
Most of the old Newgrounds users (save for the SleepyCast except Zach (seriously, I never hated Zach so much until I started watching SleepyCabin)) have turned into huge fags.
>>24059891 Same desu but then again I only started seriously using the internet at the time, I can't speak on pre-2009/10 internet experience, however during that time I would occasionally visit ebaums or whatnot to look at flash animations, I thought I was so edgy.
>>24065386 I thought I was the only 1 who hated Zach too.
He started out as a low quality, cheap laugh animator and I never expected anything else out of him. Then whenever he talks on SleepyCabin he constantly shits on other people talking about the quality of animation and the quality of entertainment. Yet most of his content, especially his recent stuff, has been nothing more than him deepthroating and screaming into his mic like a raging autist.
I guess there just comes a point where I've had enough of the pot calling the kettle black.
>No smartphones >Social networking barely existed, closest thing we had was MSN >No shitty forced memes that appear on TV, video games and merchandise, old memes were just silly inside jokes that were used ironically and weren't taken seriously >SJWs were mostly laughed at >Video games were still mostly good >Tons of creative content on the Internet, done out of love and genuine interest, not profit >No Youtube Let's Players making tons of money by screaming into microphones, no people desperate for fame trying to emulate them >There was still the impression that the War on Terror was only temporary and would end in a few years, surveillance state was smaller >Economy wasn't perfect, but was better than now >Everyone knew not to put personal info on the Internet, it's the complete opposite now, no one even cares about privacy anymore >Everyone glued to their shitty phones now, people can't separate real life from Internet anymore, Internet bleeds into the real world and vice-versa >Internet is no longer an escape
Why are the 2010s so terrible? Everything from 2008 onwards has been utter garbage. The whole world just feels like dark satire now, nothing feels real anymore. I now constantly have a sharp feeling that things aren't supposed to be this way, that at some point in 2006 or 2007 everything went horribly wrong. Maybe I'm just going crazy.
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