Shin

The big black hole

of the world wide web. Or anime pictures and the degradation of teh interwebs. Where have all the pictures gone?

The first time I got online was around 1995 or so, and it was marvelous. I felt like a whole new world literally opened up before my eyes. Anything you can imagine, you could look it up in a search engine and voila, there it was. I think it’s hard to imagine for people who grew up with this but at the time this was revolutionary. Interested in Star Wars trivia, there it was. News about technology, computers, games, all for free online whereas previously the only way to get this kind of stuff was buying magazines.
And for those of us interested in more exotic things, say Japanese anime or even cooking recipes or Japanese culture in general, it made mission impossible suddenly possible and anything you wanted to know, learn or see was a few clicks away.
I remember looking up info on one of my childhood favorites, Captain Future, and being amazed by fan sites full of info and pictures.

But where has it all gone? Popular myth is that once something gets posted on the internet it stay online forever. I beg to differ. A LOT has disappeared. And a lot more will. Back in the day it was popular to build fan sites on free sites like Geocities, but all of those have vanished over time, the sites along with it. Or they got taken over by biggies like Yahoo & Google and the old content got deleted after a period of inactivity.
And the people who made that back then have since moved on. Well most of them, some like me are still around. The problem is that since then the act of creating sites has somewhat gone down the shitter. Hardly anyone makes a fan site anymore for example, like on their favourite anime. So good luck finding anything on an 80’s or 90’s anime. Sure there’s still some stuff floating around, but it pales in comparison to what used to be available.
And that’s sad.

Although I’m focused on anime pictures I could have just as well said , if you remember the 90’s internet and everything you could find then just go ahead and try and look it up now.
Oh, and video is next:
Is Google taking the ‘you’ out of YouTube?
(hat tip)

8 Responses to The big black hole

  1. Moneys, not enough hits, too old, no interest, dump dump. Need hits and revenue. Costs for nothingness? Remove~! It is the temp 4chan forums, only new torrents and immediate gratification and forget NOW age.

    • It’s a shame though, I wonder if it’ll ever come back, the old sense of communities and fan sites. But I doubt it. Like you said, too much now age and me me me.

  2. I always tried to make an anime fan site. But failed so many times because i am not good at writing reviews and writing up info on everything down to characters and their spells/ect. If i was good at writing id have my mega slayers and other anime fan site. Instead im only good at hording loads and loads decent quality anime images over the years. I still have a shit load of High res scanned images from alot of animes from scan sites that are now long gone.. x_x;

    All im good at is archiving stuff as seen on my current site right now.. >.> its my archive of everything PSO wise minus images. Just alot of files for servers, quests, tools, patches, and installers for PSOBB, Also stuff for Dreamcast memory cards so one could play on private servers. If i had a bigger better server id archive alot of animes, amvs, images, server files and anything else i saw fit that needed to be collected and put on display for others to find and have. Its more of a dream project to have this site that has everything that is hard to find. But for now its a start ^^;

    • It’s good there are still hoarders out there that’ll also put their stuff online.
      I didn’t even know you could do that with a Dreamcast, interesting stuff, I’ll have to look into that more. Hmm, the anime pics you have, how much is it? And by any chance sorted by series?

  3. There was an anime site called Kakuchi.net that actually got me thinking about this very same thing a few weeks ago. It only had 9 anime series, but each series had hundreds of screencaps per episode. I miss the age of fansites, with their creators rushing to be the first to find and confirm content for their fans. I was reading a FFVII site a few days ago, and was amazed at all of the effort they put into hacking and seeing all of the debug stuff in that game. I miss that kind of stuff.

    Would you guys say that the same thing has happened to the modding community? I hardly hear about them anymore, though I was never a member to start with. I always appreciated their efforts though.

    • Hmm, I think it goes for any community that was out there. Partially because of the issues mentioned above and also because of the way the whole web has been transformed and most communities bled dry over the years.

  4. For some reason when I read this link:

    http://thoughtcatalog.com/2011/social-media-is-ruining-everything/

    It made me think of this post. You may find something enjoyable about it.

    • Thanks, that was an interesting read indeed, if only for the fact that I agree and have been ranting about this for years. Part of it is the problem of signal versus noise and partially it’s because every idiot and their neighbor is online now and hooked on the feedback drip, posting and commenting everything and anything, just for the sake of ‘participation’.
      It’s why social media suck, and why I still like blogging. I can get things off my chest any way I damn please. Also look at the comments on this post alone, that would be impossible on things like Twitter because of their format alone, not even going into the retardedness of those so called new media.

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