Compsci 82, Fall 2009, moot

(from Time Magazine article, July 2008)

"When people meet me and I'm generally pretty sociable and I meet some definition of normal, they're almost surprised," he says. "And simultaneously disappointed."

"My personal private life is very separate from my Internet life," he says. "There's a firewall in between."

(from NY Times Magazine article, August 2008 about the /b/ board on 4chan.)

"Ultimately the power lies in the community to dictate its own standards".

(from Washington Post article, February 17, 2009)

"You know what my favorite joke is?" Poole asks a table of friends over dinner at the hole-in-the-wall vegan restaurant near Union Square. "A baby seal walked into a club."

moot is Time Magazine's World's Most Influential Person as "voted" in April 2009. According to's managing editor Josh Tyrangiel, "I would remind anyone who doubts the results that this is an Internet poll," [Tyrangiel] says. "Doubting the results is kind of the point."


How the voting was hacked is discussed in some detail in this article.

In an interview describing why has become the epicenter of Internet culture moot says "Everyone requires that you register but at 4chan its all anonymous so its difficult to tell who writes what. People that use the website show the stuff to their friends. The memes they spread out like a web. It's an exponential growth."

"4chan wasn't a knowable thing, it was a secret club, it had the aura it was a patch on your shoulder...It was cliquey, it had the feeling of being small and exclusive but now it's been written by Time and met mainstream attention."