reddit got too big for its own good, and now every politics thread is an argument with a series of different freedom-defending astroturfers. But that's a story for a different time. The story of today is the story of my people, after the wall. After the trolls came.
Some time in the mid 2000s, there was a large amount of internet AIDs and cancer relating to this website and money. A princely sum of money was raised for this very website. How those funds were then spent became an issue with many users on kuro5hin. This somehow led to a lot of trolling, which drove most users from the site and cause site creator and owner rusty to institute a $5 paywall for the creation of any new user accounts. (Sorry for my terrible explanation, i was pretty manic and unavailable during most of the time that all this drama happened). The consequence is that a site which once had users in the tens of thousands now, many years later, has maybe a hundred users, give or take. In its hey-day, kuro5hin rivaled slashdot, before slashdot was totally ruined. You know, in the before time, before corporations fully ruined the internet.
After the trolls came, the wall was built. After the wall, the good people of kuro5hin left, and it was nothing but trolls. There may have been NSA using k5 back then, back when kuro5hin had a lot of tech geek users. I doubt any of them bothered to stick around though. That's why the trolls saved k5 from the NSA. The NSA needn't worry with a dead, web 1.0 site that does nothing to influence the opinions of anyone that matters. You know I'm not a plant sent by the NSA to monitor all of you because why would they bother?
It makes sense that the American government controls the opinions of mainstream `Muricans on the interwebz because, after all, the American government invented the goddamn intertubes in the first place. If this is a surprise or somehow news to anyone just wow.
Edward Snowden is possibly still taking orders from American intelligence operatives. Who knows. Maybe these revelations are all just part of The Plan. You know, just to show us how futile resistance really is. Like, hey, this is what we're up to, you can't do anything about it, deal with it.
Which brings me to another topic. I created a wordpress blog the other day on a spare domain I had, and I made one entry. In the month that it has been up, it has already acquired six spam comments. I have not posted a link to this site anywhere, I have not added it to any search engine's index, I haven't done anything. Wouldn't it be funny if the NSA was actually sending out all this spam? You know, partly as a jobs program for software developers who constantly get to improve their anti-spam technology, and partly as a way to make money. It's a win-win because of the many geniuses who actually buy things via the spam they get. The money generated from that goes to shell corporations which then add to the NSA's black budget. Just an idea I got from JFK in a dream.
Privacy has always been an illusion on the internet. It has been compromised from the beginning (duh). I'm just jealous I'm not the one making money off of it.
Kuro5hin needn't fear the NSA. After all, we are obedient slaves. We have nothing to hide.