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4chan Founder "moot" to Speak at TED

Christopher “moot” Poole, the young founder of the irascible online forum 4chan, will speak in February at the TED conference, the elite gathering of thought leaders whose video-taped talks have become immensely popular online. Though the conference is always strong on tech speakers (that’s what the “T” in its name stands for), usually that means folks like Bill Gates (who’s presenting again this year) and Tim Berners-Lee.

Poole has only rarely appeared publicly, and kept his identity secret for years after he started the site at age 15 in 2003. He’s presenting at TED during a session on the topic of “provocation,” in between a Harvard government professor famous for lectures about justice and an anti-slavery activist. 4chan’s contributions to the world, at their best, are memes like Rickrolling and lolcats, but its members are also known for mounting online attacks on sites, individuals and the Church of Scientology. One thing’s for sure, the web video of Poole’s talk will be a hit.

24 Responses to “4chan Founder "moot" to Speak at TED”

  1. If anything, I am not pleased with this at all, nor will anyone else I know for that matter, my world has been built around the internet my friends are all a part of this internet if they need anything, they know where I am, the internet… there are dark allys in this internet and that is where my friends roam but then one day I was shootin some B-ball outside of the school when a couple of guys who where up to no good started makin trouble in my neighborhood. I got in one little fight and my mom got scared and said your movin with your auntie and uncle in… well you know the rest and there’s really no need to go on. Shining light into this dark alley will only make whats in the alley scatter so they must take out the batterys so the alleys is never lit… guess i’ll have to call marty one last time.

  2. Anonymous

    Its members also known for being the biggest pedophiles in the universe.

    Seriously, that’s what 95% of 4chan is. If you aren’t aware of this, you haven’t actually been there.

  3. I’m sure his speech is going to be disappointment, because it’s not going to be childish and stupid enough or it will be too childish and stupid, but also for any number of other reasons.