>The most horrible thing is seeing people get blackpilled and fade away.
Honestly, if it weren't for kitsunes, I would probably never touch a computer again. So I fully understand their sentiment. There is nothing worth doing on the internet anymore. Today's video games are shit, websites are populated by bugmen, nigger jingles are detestable, movies are TED Talks, and the latest and greatest anything is just a vehicle for your personal data to arrive at advertisers. Websites in general are hideous today anyway. [Massive Impersonal Corporation] says trans rights, or whatever the soup of the day is.
The thing that really drives me up the wall is that these idiots don't even see the ways they're manipulated. How many big front-page calls to action have just been entirely swept under the rug to make way for tomorrow's next outrage? I haven't heard jack shit about the climate in months, but supposedly we're in an absolute doomsday scenario. One minute everyone must stay indoors because of the flu, the next it's racist if you aren't burning down your city with fifty thousand other people in close proximity. Greta Thunburg sure disappeared fast. What Hong Kong protests? Remember all of those shootings that seemed to happen on a monthly basis so they could push gun control? Funny how quickly those went away. "Nobody needs a gun except the police and military, but also every police officer is a racist jackboot hellbent on killing minorities." And these fucks eat it all up, every time. It's all so tiresome, and it's hard to say that people checking out are making the wrong decision.
It's compromised anyway. Jannies will remove any thread of importance. 4/pol/ is the very definition of controlled opposition.
>I'd go to a coffee shop and advertise the webring
No one you want to speak to goes to a coffee shop. You'd have better luck throwing them up in the gardening section at your hardware store, or even a gun shop.
>Also, I'm completely exhausted of dealing with "accounts."
Mailing lists and Usenet are still good. You do need an email address, but it's a throwaway you can use for the entire medium, rather than per-forum or whatever. Also, there's a ton of small imageboards out there. I have a list here: http://pastebin.com/raw/HNp6NuSA
>watching my contact list completely hollow itself out has been frankly depressing
There are good people out there, but they're not on the computer, and they don't live in cities. In the early 2000's, almost all of my friends were online. Today, not one of them is. There's about a dozen people I see on a regular basis, and none of us even know each other's phone numbers; we just show up at each other's doors every afternoon. I'm sure you'll meet new friends, better people even, but you've got to get away from the computer and meet someone.
>Jin-Roh is one of the greats
It's very rare to meet someone that's even seen it. You will always have a place at my barbecues.
I use links as my primary browser, with w3m for CJK support. For when I absolutely have to have JS (banking and whatnot), I have Firefox with Ghacks' user.js, uMatrix, Decentraleyes, and the usual suspects. I don't do a lot of browsing though. Mostly I find things to read, wget them, and read them locally when I have time. I have a bunch of tags I download from Pixiv/Sankaku with scripts, and I sort through them. Most of the sites I want to keep tabs on have RSS feeds, so I can read updates locally.
I haven't kept up with Palemoon, but that was my preferred browser before it was dropped from OpenBSD over a license dispute.
>I put in about 5 years of 14+ hour days 6-7 days a week and frankly I'm exhausted and drained
I know the feeling; a few years ago that was me. One day I just deleted all of my accounts and fucked off. I was going to retire, but sitting around all day wasn't working for me. I'm actually working harder today than I've ever worked before, but yet all of that exhaustion has gone away. I guess it's because I'm working for myself, at my own pace, and accomplishing goals along the way. Even my sleep has improved, which was almost nonexistent in the past. I think a lot of it is just discipline; it all becomes routine after awhile. You start to feel uneasy if you take a break from the routine.
>feels like being the lone survivor of a shipwreck
Funny, I was just thinking the exact same thing yesterday. "I feel alone, but not in a loneliness sense. More in a stuck-on-an-island way. There's people out there, but I can't relate to any of them." And yet, here we are.