I think a lot of people kind of underestimate just how easy _and common_ it was for children to access extremely disturbing content online in the late 2000s and early 2010s.


Like, I know there were plenty of people who never got mixed up in that stuff, but the "hacker culture" of the time was half Goatse, 2g1c, etc references. Like that trauma was a rite of passage.

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@tindall I remember a lot of late teen/young adult lads (not necessarily hackers, just lads who had access to computers/internet) who would spend the hours after raves/clubbing (particularly on comedowns from drugs) just trying to gross each other out with that they could find online, and unfortunately it *did* seem to desensitise them to bad things happening IRL (that whole scene became a cesspool and various forms of abusive behaviour became increasingly common)

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@tindall a lot of this simply got blamed on "drugs warping peoples minds", but I was part of that scene myself from 1989 to 2009 (and also one of the first people to use the Internet as part of it) and this was *not* a problem until the later part of the 2000s (before then the Internet was more often used for more wholesome things like finding info on tech for independent website design and music production)

@tindall seriously. i remember when rickrolling came around, and i was just so happy that we had something so innocent to replace goatse.

@tindall (also important to remember that teens have been trying to shock each other with fucked up shit forever; i remember a huge moral panic over "faces of death" on vhs)

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