Oldfags have been saying for years that 4chan is dead and that newfags are ruining it.
I think that while they’ve been saying this for eternity, they may be right soon.
Let me explain:
4chan was once comprised of the “bad boys on the internet”, and they often did behave in ways that outraged people and made images that people thought were disgusting.
But like with anything else, soon the rebels cause the mainstream to shift in their direction. Then the rebels have to shift further in a direction that they may be uncomfortable with, and instead of finding a new place to hang out, simply realize that 4chan was apart of their youth, and that the mainstream accepting your youthful passion is a sign that your youth is behind you. Mission accomplished.
They move on to other things like business, IRL sex or actual friendships.
What happens to 4chan? Well it subsists on rehashing old memes and lols, sometimes directly, sometimes by imitation until it is no longer a forum for a very certain kind of joking, nastiness and snarkery but instead a museum for such things. A repository. Archive the good shit, let google crawl it and put a lock on it.
Who knows. I outgrew 4chan a long time ago, and I think it is full of newfags now, but maybe that’s the circle of life and 4chan will be fine: every fag is new once.
Here’s some chans: