TIME's Most Influential People of 2009: moot of 4chan?

TIME Magazine has been compiling an annual list of the world's most influential people since 2004 - and this year, they've opened the floodgates to let readers vote for their pick online. Little did the know that this exercise in democracy would yeild an unexpected result: the frontrunner - by a wide margin - is moot, the founder of 4chan:

PRO: Just about every Internet in-joke of the past few years has started on 4chan — a bare-bones, id-liberating and reliably profane image board whose Droogish users have hatched everything from Rickrolling to LOLcats. The site can also launch real-world movements, as evidenced by Anonymous, a 4chan-organized protest group responsible for several anti-Scientology rallies.

CON: Thanks to 4chan's oft-obscene content, the reclusive moot has had trouble luring advertisers.

Link - via mental_floss


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Moot has been very influential, as has been many 4chan users. I believe though that we would all hand Moot the credit for making the website however. Anyways, for better or for worse, 4chan has changed my life, it has changed the world in some ways. Some of our members have hacked foreign governments and sold secrets to the United States. Some of us have completely, irreverably changed the world. Some of us are responsible for creating some of the strongest Anti-Viral and some of the Strongest Firewalls ever created. I remember when I joined 4chan. A team of about 20 hackers had hit the Chinese government and gotten a lot of intel sold to the US government. I remember seeing the second half of the Tiananmen Square video. 4chan has opened my eyes to the REAL world and what really goes on around me. For that, I am ever grateful. 4chan has at the very least irreversibly changed my life and outlook on life in general.
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