Fox News Channel 11 (Los Angeles affiliate) made a report last night on a certain group of anonymous board sites. (The *Chan "series," basically.) Supposedly, the purpose of these boards are to threaten and hurt people, according to the video.
http://tinyurl.com/38ohku (Youtube link, via TinyURL so as to prevent YouTube from listing Assemblergames.com under 'linked sites' for this video.)
Since I regularly visit said boards, I know for a fact that everyone bullshits like crazy. Nothing should be taken seriously, either read or typed. Then again, most people wouldn't know this right away, which I can totally understand. Now, seeing how the news networks tend to sensationalize the events that certain posters on those boards have acted in, I can't help but laugh at the way everything is portrayed.
I don't condone the actions of people who hack MySpaces or send death threats. Those are taking "messing around" too far. It sucks that people have done these things, but then again, this is the Internet and some people are bound to get carried away... :shrug:My purpose is to defend the boards themselves, but not certain people who ruin it for others. "No rules at all," the only "rule" for that particular part of the board, is great so long as everyone agrees to not take things seriously, but it falls apart once people: overstep certain implied boundaries (invading MySpace accounts, leaving phone death threats) or when others unknowledgeable of the site do not explore it totally (as is the case with Fox). Again, I can't really fault Fox for the latter..