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What caused ED to take a rightward turn (and what makes it under the Authoritarian Wingnuttery category)?[edit]

ED was always filled with articles that were deliberately designed to offend everyone but it seems ED has become a lot more homophobic, misogynist, transphobic, racist, and seemingly more pandering to the alt-right in recent years. What made it take such a rightward turn that it arguably could be considered a far-right website? (talk) 17:33, 5 June 2020 (UTC)

I would venture to guess that as time wore on, those who were acting tongue in cheek slowly were phased out by those who weren't, and that such a demographic shift in membership and leadership was possibly as result of the site's style attracting certain demographics. A similar shift occured on 4chan's /pol/, and the site as a whole to some extent. ☭Comrade GC☭Ministry of Praise 19:27, 5 June 2020 (UTC)
I think the "offend everyone" mantra is just not a good or healthy mantra to begin with as it allows bigots to take over and scare away those that were maybe more well-intentioned. --It's-a me, Lgm sigpic.png LeftyGreenMario! 19:31, 5 June 2020 (UTC)
(Edit conflict) 100% true. ED's original humor, for all its faults (its many, many faults), predicated itself on being for the lulz (insincere). And impartial for that matter. But around the time that sort of thing started getting old for me, people started showing up on the website who genuinely held white nationalist viewpoints. I know it doesn't seem like there's much difference between the two but for someone familiar with the environment there was a palpable shift.--"Shut up, Brx." 19:33, 5 June 2020 (UTC)
And some long time users and allies of the site, such as Weev, made their own shifts towards white supremacy. And the more calming liberal presences either moved on(Girlvinyl, the original owner of the site, and her cabal of admins) or moved on in a more figurative sense (Old Dirty B-Tard).--"Shut up, Brx." 19:37, 5 June 2020 (UTC)
I think a good deal also had to do with the influx of Gamergaters from the Chans and Reddit flocking to ED to document the whole thing, and with it brought their viewpoints that ultimately affected the site into what it is. 4chan's rightward turn coincided with 2008-2012ish, when alt-right forerunners (Patriots old and new, conspiracy theorists, Tea Partiers, white supremacists/white nationalists/neo-nazis), united under their shared racial animus against Obama, flocked to places like 4chan to promote their worldviews without being exposed as bigots by the online community at large (since you don't have to register on 4chan to post). As 4chan went rightward thanks to them, said users flocked to sites that had similar overlap, ED being among them. Could other styles of wingnuttery (Conservative, Libertarian, Nationalist) also apply in addition to Authoritarian (what makes it Authoritarian Wingnuttery anyway) (talk) 06:02, 6 June 2020 (UTC)

Thank you so much for listing the sole remaining URL for this site[edit]

Now I might have to sue you for the brain cells I just lost visiting it lmao --Goatspeed. Fossil evidence of my evolutionCircularREmail2.gifasoningSee my experiments 18:48, 3 November 2020 (UTC)