I was lucky to be oblivious to much of the dark underbelly of the internet for such a long time. I knew of places not to go into; bad places have always existed where bad people go; but something far more than that was happening that I completely did not see.
There were people that weren’t bad but lost and attaching themselves to ideologies that were ruinous. I didn’t see any of that, not really. It was deep in the background, hiding in the areas I didn’t go into – but it grew far more common than I could’ve thought.