Find a light switch, it’s dark in here

Armani JacksonManaging Editor

People are often afraid of the unknown. It’s human tendency to stick with the known instead of discovering new information.

And people tend to accept whatever information is handed to them, especially if it comes from someone with authority. The same applies to the Internet.

Underneath the surface layer of the web, lies the deep web. Even farther below that is the dark web. This portion of the web is so rarely talked about that people are more fearful of the misconceptions than of the actual dark web itself.

If someone wants to access the dark web, which isn’t hard to do, it’s more anticlimactic than finding out Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker’s father. Vader is German for father after all. More than half the sites no longer work and the ones that do look like a child was having fun writing HTML code on Notepad.

So much of the dark web is dead and blank space.

Society makes this part of the Internet seem so terrifyingly captivating to anyone who’s never went on it. In reality, the dark web barely makes up the Internet; it’s just a small portion hidden from traditional browsers. It went wrong somewhere along the way.

The deep web came from military origins because the U.S. military sought a way to communicate with intelligence assets and Americans stationed abroad without being detected, according to International Business Times.

Eventually the dark web was created, consisting of fraud services, rentable hackers, child pornography and other morally skewed services.

People go on the dark web for three reasons: One, they’re buying something they shouldn’t, such as illicit drugs or weapons. Two, they’re curious teenagers who think they’re cool because they went onto it once. Or three, the country they live in has strict censorship laws and this is the only way they can have a voice.

If someone is living in a relatively free country, there’s probably no reasonable excuse they should be on the dark web.

Granted, people have used it to bypass BBC’s block on American servers so they can watch British television. But even that doesn’t seem like a good enough excuse to put in the effort to download and configure the Tor browser.

The dark web is so overglorified in society. People don’t know what it is and government officials like to keep it that way so citizens have something to fear.

But if everyone was clear on what the dark web was, there wouldn’t be such a strong desire for people to try and access it in secret.

People think everything is illegal, when in fact going onto the dark web isn’t illegal at all; it’s the illegal purchases that get people in trouble with the FBI.

Then, everyone would know what it was and maybe the fascination with the dark web would cease. Frankly, one of the only reasons it’s popular is because of the stigma associated with it. Things that are typically dangerous and illegal spark curiosity, that’s human nature.

Here’s some unspoken truths about the dark web. A person doesn’t need a degree in computer science to access it. It’s not as cool as people think it is; most of it looks like the comic sans font.

It’s not as “dark” as society makes it out to be, believe it or not but not every site is doing something illegal. Lastly, there’s no good reason any free person should use it.

The dark web is only as hidden as society wants it to be. It’s just a centralized global location that people, cybercriminals and repressed third-world citizens can call an anonymous “safe” haven.

There’s nothing mysterious about it.

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Co-Editor-in-Chief at The Puyallup Post
My name is Armani Jackson and I have the privilege to return as Co-Editor-in-chief for my second year working on the newspaper. Last year was an emotional roller coaster as I learned how to balance all my responsibilities but now I come back with an even stronger determination to serve the students here at Pierce. In June, I’ll be ecstatic as I walk on stage to accept my degree in Database Management, two certificates, one in Business Analysis and one in software development along with my high school diploma. I’m excited to deepen my relationships with those who I already have come to know, and cultivate new ones with those i have not yet has the pleasure of acquainting. I aspire to one day be a data-driven journalist, combining my two favorite yet oddly separated passions: IT and journalism. Here’s to the trials we’ve faced and the tribulations coming. I’m ready, are you?
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My name is Armani Jackson and I have the privilege to return as Co-Editor-in-chief for my second year working on the newspaper. Last year was an emotional roller coaster as I learned how to balance all my responsibilities but now I come back with an even stronger determination to serve the students here at Pierce. In June, I’ll be ecstatic as I walk on stage to accept my degree in Database Management, two certificates, one in Business Analysis and one in software development along with my high school diploma. I’m excited to deepen my relationships with those who I already have come to know, and cultivate new ones with those i have not yet has the pleasure of acquainting. I aspire to one day be a data-driven journalist, combining my two favorite yet oddly separated passions: IT and journalism. Here’s to the trials we’ve faced and the tribulations coming. I’m ready, are you?

Find a light switch, it’s dark in here

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