>I don't know when the tipping point came
I'd place it as far back as advice animals and memegenerator, circa 2009. I cannot quite put it in words in the way it deserves, but it's more than just "normalfags" becoming increasingly aware of the so called chan culture or the concept of memeing entering to the mainstream internet culture. Instead this happened merely after the fact, when the new kind of formulaic template memes had driven the old mashup edits into all but extinction.
Another end of an era was when moot quit. I don't trust this Nishimura, If nothing else, dude's multitude of frauds, scandal milking "insider books" and association with 8kun's sugar daddy Watkins tells that the influence on the anonymous legions is now on sale for the highest bidder.
These were the gold and silver ages of western chan culture. Unlike Hesion, I find us currently living in the bronze age. The iron age will finally come when the focal point of the western online counter culture moves to some other platform or format be it because of "sanitization", stagnation or major technological shift.
Indeed my friend. Imageboards are marketplaces for ideas (memes if you will) in the purest form. You all surely know what the logical end game of completely unregulated free markets are? -Monopolies.
In this context echo chambers. That celebrated anonymous "hivemind". This is because stuff that's controversial will generate the most discussion, so it will stay on the 1st page the longest, until the the argument fizzles out and one side emerges victorious. What's more, the conclusion is the incorporated into the cultural backdrop of the place and from then on treated as given. "Lurk moar!"
>"no karma whoring, therefore more honest, no downvotes, therefore more open because opinions can't be supressed"
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