Serious title. Suddenly I realized:
There's internet 'pillars' such as YouTube, Facebook and 4chan that a whole lot of people contribute content or simply lurk right? The communities formed are unaware of each others existence to an extend right now. There's also 'secret' elitist communities (like I consider 4-ch to be - or the 4chan textboards) that have to do with cultures or hobbies.
Oh WakabaMark I forgot about you...
The revelation here has evaded me. These are just the basic tendencies or social groups, no?
fixed action patterns are never suppressed, they are simply taught to act within appropriate social contexts.
So basically people generate different personalities to different websites.
You say that chans are the only place where we can pretend to be someone else but what if we actually become the person we're pretending to be and the persona we use offline is actually the fake one?
This makes me think of the end of Evangelion (the anime, not the End of Evangelion film)...."This is the Shinji that you know on Facebook. This is the Shinji you know on Twitter. This is the Shinji you know in real life..." etc.
ITST. You can gather a lot from a persons youtube habits (comments, favorites etc) for example. An internet-profile of sorts. I think people reveal their true selves when 1. no fear of repercussion is present 2. habit and convenience trumps practical long term investments.