On Internet Niches
Hey Miya, what do you think about the Internet's ability to accommodate niche hobbyism?
The internet used to be used to connect with other people who happened to shared your niche taste and form a previously impossible community, but now the internet just provides you a selection of niche tastes you can choose from and get “into” in order to be connected with other people.
If it’s not covered, you’re out luck except by irl organization to form a “friend group” that might develop into a rudimentary “friends of friends” mailing list or FB group. And that’s it.
You will almost never meet a person raised on the 2.0 internet with an “interest” or “taste” that wasn’t developed through an existing community on the internet and isn’t shared by many other people you can easily find on the internet.
The best you can find is those participating in the generating of a sub-movement who instead manifested the interest internally (alternative to externally, and internet introduced). The cultural divide between the online & offline counter-culture/underground/etc has grown extremely wide post Y2K & things would be a lot more interesting if this wasn’t true