2-Channel Article on Wired.com


While I was in Tokyo, I did some reporting on a story about the massive online bulletin 2-channel, or Nichanneru. It’s on Wired.com today. Here’s an excerpt:

The 2-channel forum is a Japanese internet phenomenon. This single
site has more influence on Japanese popular opinion than the prime
minister, the emperor and the traditional media combined. On one level,
it serves as a fun, informative place for people to read product
reviews, download software and compare everything from the size of
their poop to quiz show answers. But conversations hosted here have
also influenced stock prices, rallied support for philanthropic causes,
organized massive synchronized dance routines, prevented terrorism and driven people to their deathbeds.

Read the story…

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