It seems that Fox News is the latest news organization to discover the popular anime culture board 4Chan. & with Fox News being... well, Fox News... they blamed 4Chan for everything that's wrong with our society & the world today.
In the article, the author blames 4Chan for Rick Astley's rise to popularity by Anons voting for him in the MTV Europe Music Awards, which ultimately lead to him Rick-Rolling everybody during last year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. They also blame 4Chan for MySpace hacks, Sarah Palin's email being made public, & Harry Potter spoilers being yelled at bookstores. The author also seems to think memes only became invented after the rise of the Internet. Here's some key quotes from the article in question:
The most powerful people on the Internet don't work for Microsoft, Google or the government. Rather, they're a bunch of antisocial, foul-mouthed, clever nerds who congregate at a largely unknown Web site called 4chan.org.
It thrives on competition and users write "moar" to challenge each other to post further loathsome material throughout the day and long into the night.
What makes 4chan unique among message boards is its reliance on anonymity, a vast difference from most sites, which make users sign up with at least a verifiable e-mail address.
On 4chan, one can post anonymously using a nickname or a "tripcode," a system that uses an algorithm to give users unique coded nicknames.
Anonymously, /b/tards create alliances to plan their next big exploits.
In 2008, they bombarded MTV with votes to clinch Rick Astley the fan-picked "Best Act Ever" award at the MTV Europe Music Awards — which helped Astley get a slot performing in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.