"The Internet Was Great At Being A Foul Cesspool Of Shock"
by Zoe Pollock
Choire Sicha mourns the end of that era:
But with the ability to access every possible person in the world who's into, say, hardcore Nazi-inflected furry torture, and with everyone so willing to amuse and be amused, why aren't we seeing more gross-out bubble to the surface? The obvious answer seems sort of sad: there's no business in it.
The enjoyable and more mainstream websites that propagate meme-related stuff on the web, like Urlesque (currently most-popular: Cab Driver Does Spot-on Michael Jackson Impression) and Buzzfeed (most popular: Top 10 Crazy Texts From Parents), are actually grown-up entities and can't and won't handle actual shock material, as seems quite correct.