>>84176061>I mean, shit>>accepting different viewpoints>that shit isn't 4chan.
It really fucking *is*, though, and it's why I find 4chan so goddamn valuable. No, wait, hear me out.
I honestly believe that the bantz, casual racism/nationalism/bigotry, and GIFT shit are all good things for users who stay on the site for more than a week or two. You quickly come to see those as reinforcements of a LACK of identity, as you never know when people are just fucking with you. I mean, believing people are arguing in sincerity on 4chan is a risky damn gamble in the first place, and believing that they are who they say they are is outright stupid. This is evident.
So, what happens from there? While discussing shit, you fall into a pattern of both feeling less ties to your constructed identity, and you assume that the fella you're arguing with is a literal dog in front of a computer. And it's kind of hard to hate dogs, man, even when they're shitting all over things, because they're fluffy and cute.
So, really, despite the fucked up language we use, the typical 4chan poster doesn't treat discussing their ideology as something that has "stakes." There's more of a need to be funny or witty than to reinforce your tribal signalling. And in the end?
I think being funny and witty are goals that net truth more than MUH RED TEAM/MUH BLUE TEAM.