So there’s this long-winded piece on Buzzfeed by Joseph Bernstein (not a furry one) which essentially boils down to this passage:
Still, for the media platforms through which most of us experience the internet, this kind of speech is bad for business (and shocks the conscience, goes against what we believe in as a society, etc.) whether it is sincere or not. So you end up with a group of people (mostly white, male, young) aligned with dominant interests who feel that their perspective has no place in the increasingly dominant new media, which bills itself as participatory and inclusive. That is how the strange dynamics of victimization come into play.
The logical next step for Chanterculture, so angry with the infiltration of popular culture by others, is to make its own entertainment. (Ironically, this makes it like many of the identity groups to which it objects.) And in its incessant meme-making and conspiracy theorizing about current events, it has already begun to do so.
Bernstein takes the Buzzfeedian liberty of telling us that the “Chanterculture,” as he calls it, is a counterculture in today’s cyberworld. He excises Chanterculture as if it is a foreign splinter body that effuses from the good sense of normative pop/collective culture which reigns in the West and shits out the MSM’s dialogue and all modes of pop culture out its anal crevice.
Bernstein defines the internet, by such a proper decree, as the bastion of the normal and conformist; all other deviations, especially the sort that provide fodder for his rambling, are merely troublesome “offshoots” and detours from entitled mainstream society. Bernstein, like all the other popular high school kids who made our teeth hurt and brains scrape, defines himself as the average, his perspective as the righteous, and all others as deviant, dangerous, and harmful. SJW’s, the ones on Buzzfeed, the ones holding signs and haranguing the civilization they claim to have a stake in, are particularly fond of marginalizing those who don’t humor their sanctimonious bullshit.
Bernstein does the same.
The Chanculture is the disease; the “sub-layer” of the internet thus regarded from the perch of Buzzfeed’s self-righteous liberalocity.
Never mind the fact that the internet, its genesis, its rudimentary skeleton, was one of outlaws, one of trailblazers, one of cultural drop-outs.
The internet is built on Chanculture and true non-conformity. The internet’s roots sprung from the shadows where no one was watching. The early internet was the refuge for those of us who did not belong. It offered us the succor of a community of like-minded folks, a place for people who had trouble congregating openly, to finally congregate in the shadows.
The internet is not Buzzfeed’s hipster affectations and self-absorbed ramblings of the popular idiotic idioms.
Buzzfeed is the normie deviation; Chanculture is what the internet was until money and politics swallowed it whole.
Chanculture is the vestigial artifact that reminds us what the internet meant to us, and should mean, now.