But what Fox, and nearly every other mainstream news outlet, completely fails at is this: they talk about all the crazy shit that goes down on 4chan and its occasional overlapping with the “real” world, and they almost never mention any of the psychology of the site. They talk about how anonymity is key, but they move along without talking about why, or how it leads to some of the most real and some of the most UNreal conversations on the Internet.
That said, I'll give credit where credit is due: Fox's writer, Taryn Sauthoff, offers examples of positive things that the site has done (seeking out the Palin hacker, reporting a cat abuser to his local authorities, etc), and only mentions the words “Internet hate machine” in reference to how some media have covered the site.
Still though...I'd like to see that essay on the psychology of 4chan. Hey, any upcoming psych seniors specializing in media psychology out there? Here's an idea for a thesis! (Via Nebs)