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Now in Paper-Vision: The 4chan Guy


This week's Time has my profile of moot, the 20-year-old founder of 4chan. I first became aware of 4chan when I failed to credit them as the creators of lolcats, and they got in touch en masse to point that out. Now I see their influence everywhere -- 4chan is like a black hole, invisible to the naked eye, but its gravity field is enormous. It's also like a black hole in that it's kind of scary.

Towards the end of the piece I mention moot's real name: Christopher Poole. I figure there's about a 5% chance that Christopher Poole is in fact not moot's real name but some incredibly filthy 4chan inside joke. I took the chance because in person moot/Poole comes across as a really nice guy, and if he was playing me he was doing a hell of a good job. But it turns out the Wall Street Journal has the same story -- had it shortly before we did, I think -- so if we're going down, at least we're all going down together.

Anyway my real achievement in this piece was to persuade Time's copy editors not to capitalize 'moot.' So my work is done.

I'll post a couple of quotes that I didn't have room for in hard-copy real-world Time. The first came when I asked moot when he realized that the whole 4chan phenomenon was getting out of control:

I guess when the GETs stopped having meaning. Every million posts is a ‘GET’. So people will try to attain that post number, to 'get' the GET, as it were. One million GET and two million GET were these big deals. People would camp out and wait around—they would make a note in their head, OK, I think the GET’s going to go down tomorrow. But that’s when the post rate was maybe 10,000 posts per day. Now the post rate is something like 150 to 200,000 posts on the /b/ random board alone. And so GETs happen every few weeks. They’ve lost their meaning. Nobody even remembers. Usually they would spawn a meme, just because they were that post number.

I also asked him if anybody ever recognized him. The answer was: once.

Once I was crossing the street and somebody yelled "moot! Do a barrel roll!" So I did a barrel roll. That’s the only time I’ve ever been recognized in person. Internet celebrity doesn’t always translate into the real world.

It does now.

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Reader Comments (15)

Pedobear:

Is dat some CP?

If you click on my name, you'll see a short clip from the O'Reilly Factor, talking about the true evil of these "Hackers on Steroids" and their "Internet Hate Machine." I highly suggest you watch this, to familiarize yourself with the evil face that we're talking about.

Disenfranchised_Libertarian:

4chan is aware of all internet traditions.

Cliff:

It's also like a black hole in that it's kind of scary.

4chan is scary because it's like staring into the raw, roiling chaos of humanity's unconscious mind.

Didaskalos:

Hello!
I, sir, am ALSO a hard-working internet pedophile; plz come interview me!

http://www.encyclopediadramatica.com/Didaskalos

---Didaskalos

time-blogger Author Profile Page:

It has to be a troll. moot's d0x would be pulled and mootcock.jpg sent to his entire extended family, amongst other things, within 5 minutes if he was colossally stupid enough to supply his IRL name.

lolwut:

His dox was found last Thursday. His name isn't Christopher Poole either.
Seriously, isn't "hahahaha TROLLED, BITCHES" proof enough for some of you dumbasses?

mehmeh500k:

4CHAN: PISSING IN AN OCEAN OF PISS

Sums it up.

ickybod:

POOLE'S CLOSED.

DUE TO AIDS.

(had to be done.)

ickybod:

Also, WTF, MOOT!? RULES 1 AND 2!

time-blogger Author Profile Page:

ROFL. We're in!

Kilo:

Robert McKlinley
163 Dayview Rd.
Jefferson City, Missouri
moot@4chan.org

j00:

Christopher Poole = CP.

moot's hoping TIME and the Wall Street Journal will get arrested for publishing Child Pornography(CP).

moot:

J00 = jew
pooles closed.

Anon6875309:

Rules 1 and 2 only apply to raids, faggot.

It also died when FOX News began covering it and the cancer leaked out to the real world.

Don't blame The Faggot for the coverage. Kill yourself instead.

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Lev Grossman blogs about anything and everything that could be plausibly labeled geeky--science fiction, fantasy, video games, comic books, tech stuff, and so on. If it could get you beaten up in junior high, it's fair game.  About the Author

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