The whole topic of the walled garden is just so interesting. It just shows us how naïve we want and can be to the information that we have access too. The concept of walled garden is simple. It means to be in a controlled environment where users are given access to certain things on the web (“What is walled garden? – Definition from WhatIs.com”, 2016). For example, Facebook is a walled garden as the feed we received is catered to our likes and interest but does it actually shows us what’s happening around us?
Now let’s compare it to 4chan. To those of you who are not familiar with the site. It is a site that allows people to post whatever they want. Similar to Reddit but on 4chan you post as an anonymous. The site is split into threads and the topics discuss in it ranges from where is the best coffee to rating sex toys (“Absolutely everything you need to know to understand 4chan, the Internet’s own bogeyman”, 2016). Coming back to the example, on 4chan you can find lots of different information such as news that aren’t even showed to us or even questions that would be downright ban if they were posted on platforms like Facebook. Heck you can even find news that aren’t available to the public
This is what the internet was made to be. It does not only show the beautiful things but also shows the dark and chaotic parts it has. 4chan also generates a lot of content while other platforms like pinterest just reblogs and shares content that they found. So having said this why isn’t sites like 4chan as popular as Facebook? Won’t people prefer the truth rather than a lie? The answer is simple. It is because people aren’t ready to face the reality of things. “Everyone is busy” (myself included). We have already so much to deal with at our current moment that we don’t want to deal with how terrible our actual reality is right now. To end the post I give you a quote from the Matrix. Neo: Why do my eyes hurt? Morpheus: You’ve never used them before.
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What is walled garden? – Definition from WhatIs.com. (2016). SearchSecurity. Retrieved 7 September 2016, from http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/definition/walled-garden