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The unseen face behind today’s counterculture

‘Time’ calls 4chan the wellspring of Internet culture. Meet ‘moot,’ the man who began the chaotic but powerful Web site from his home

By David Smith  /  THE GUARDIAN , LONDON

For now he will have to be content with shaping Western culture as the most influential Web entrepreneur you’ve never heard of.

“Coarse as it is, 4chan has no rival as a hothouse for memes; they’re bred and refined, and then they can escape and run amuck through the culture at large,” Time enthused. “For better or for worse, this is what the counterculture looks like today: raw, sarcastic, bare of any social or political agenda but frequently funny as hell.”

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