Hey, Internet, 4chan has some book recommendations for you

Ask a question like What's the one book that transformed your life forever? and this is what you get.


Cooper Fleishman

Internet Culture

Published Apr 17, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 11:12 am CDT

It was such a well-meaning prompt on recommendation engine BestBookRead.com: What’s the one book that transformed your life forever?

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But as the list filled up with self-help titles and Oprah’s Book Club recommendations, 4chan‘s anarchic troll hub /b/ took notice.

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The list changed. 


Weirdly, /b/ couldn’t decide which version of Mein Kampf it liked the best, so it had two editions tie at No. 1. The rest of the list reads like a Best of 4chan, with references to 4chan creator Christopher “moot” PooleNazis, suicide, homophobic slurs, and pedophilia. These things are classic shock-site tropes, which spread on the site as a means to filter out the easily offended. After 10 years, they’re just iconic 4chan imagery

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Flooding polls and contests with Hitler imagery is nothing new, of course. Back in 2012, 4chan’s /b/ took over a Mountain Dew contest called Dub the Dew, in which fans could win prizes for submitting names for a new drink. 4chan voted “Hitler did nothing wrong” to the top.

It gets even more obscene. See the rest here, on Best Book Read. As of 6:30pm on Thursday, it’s still up.

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*First Published: Apr 17, 2014, 7:40 pm CDT