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bloodrose wrote

<joke> when AOL got on usenet </joke> though I swear, I did notice a downtick in discourse when I saw @aol.com addresses in usenet messages.

I think it happened with the advent of the smartphone. Games figured out how to hook you in and make you mildly addicted enough that you needed micro-transactions of in-game currency to keep your fix going. Facebook figured out how to listen to us and watch us and sell what they heard and saw. They figured out how to prey on basic human needs and fake-fulfill them with their software to keep nickle and diming us. The feed became all whether it was facebook, reddit, or the android newsfeed. People began to manipulate the feed. Whole business started to feed you the right kind of content. Being able to carry the internet in our pockets with us everywhere has taken away the intentional use of the internet. Instead of being users of the internet, we became parts of the machine, feeding the feeds and keeping each other hooked in.

I try not to use raddle on my phone at all and try to make as much of my interactions with this space on the internet intentional.

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GrimWillow wrote

I think it was when gore/gross porn (goatse, blue waffle, etc) was a meme in office spaces. It was the shock era of memes to surprise people who had only been exposed to a dancing baby or chainmail. After that was mainstream, the internet "going too far for the reason of going too far" was kind of a thing that never stopped the endless shark jumping loop of shock from the internet.

Or maybe it was when the first meme was created by someone paid by corporation to do so, depending on your definition of "jumping the shark"

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surreal wrote

when millenials learned about it (i'm one)

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Dystopia_Drifter wrote (edited )

I admittedly don't know what shark jumping is..

But it reminded me of a couple years ago when sharks attacked the internet. https://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2015/01/sharks-attacking-internet-cables-near-southeast-asia

![image] https://coinsh.red/p/free-willy.gif (Orca jumping, not a shark.)

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ziq wrote

It's the moment when something starts to go downhill. Like the Happy Days episode where Fonzie jumps a shark on his motorcycle.

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MichaelPemulis wrote

The internet has been a cesspool for a very long time - I'd argue the decline of forums/message boards and advent of "Web 2.0" platforms shifted things dramatically. However, I feel like things really went into overdrive during/after the so-called "Gamergate" episode.