01/31/2018 (Wed) 16:04:40
Paypal loves going after chans. A way around this is to sell merch., and keep it separated from the chan itself. Even if only in spirit.
There's been a powerful clampdown on Internet infrastructure by corporate interests and the dreamers of moral empire. One would think, back in the day, the pornographers demonstrated with finality how freedom of speech and Internet neutrality are not simply vapid topics of polite conversation for the socialite circuit. However, they already had enough money to face down all the control freak visionaries pushing what the Internet must offer for our approved consumption. I suspect most who are reading this were not there to witness that battle. To the pornographers we owe what reasonably open access we enjoy today. Our freedom is not free and, yes, they paid for it.
Paypal was an innovative tool for the neglected needs of an earlier era. A time when brick-faced banks still looked down on the Internet way as they do with BTC today. Like Yahoo (almost right from the start), like their rival Google (eventually), Paypal became more of a means of control than a technical service. Today, Paypal is another obstacle, not an answer. Hence the resort to BTC.
Chans are in danger of becoming fiefdoms of an elite with the wherewithal to keep things afloat. The 4/8 chan model, in short. Pornographers already know this as a successful system, and to their credit they don't lie to us about what they are chasing after. With this as a fallback position chans as a whole are in no danger of disappearing. Yet, much of their free-form essence will.
Is there no system for the regular users which encapsulates the simplicity and privacy we all dream of?
Addendum: what about visa gift cards? Why don't people use them?