On the flipside, as soon as 4chan hit the news, it was fucking over. It would never be the same because people rushed to take part in the outsiders' club. With every piece of coverage it got, the more and more people lept to it. People hear about 4chan through screenshots they find funny and stories they can't get enough of, and now they rush to find the same experience for themselves, whether on 4chan or any altchan. People love to feel like the rebels who fluster the old and clueless news hosts, and being a nerd is what that means now. They were the first adopters the internet, which people once thought was stupid and has since completely shaped the world. Now people in the mainstream want to be just like that.
No matter where you go, the real world or the internet, people will brag about their hours online or talk about how much of a weeb they are for liking Naruto and One Piece. They think that makes them apart of an outliers' world. People saw this shit coming way back in 1993, and were already reminiscing about the internet in years before. The internet's communities will only get more mainstream as more and more people try to get involved online and there isn't much you can do about it. Yes, ease of access played a huge role in giving the general population a taste of interconnectivity, but now there's nothing you can do to fix that since everyone has had a good chew and wants more. Since the first iPhone well over a decade ago, everyone has had their own internet connection at any time. Restrictions are moot now. Everyone will want in the more you restrict it because it means its more underground unless you make it so unpopulated it cannot form its own identity.