The decline of a Satanic forum

Satanic International Network (SIN) in 2010 was the latest incarnation of numerous internet forums for Satanists stretching back to the dawn of the internet.  Founded on the back of a successful YouTube channel by a Satanist calling himself Zach Black SIN attracted at its zenith 5000 Satanists, though more well-known Satanists ignored it.

The problems of all forums on the internet is that they encourage mediocrity, slavish group think, a tendency of being overrun by a vocal clique of crowing roosters, with 90% or more of the forum membership going inactive.  SIN had all these problems, in addition some of the roosters let the power go to their heads and were bullying newcomers.

Zack Black appeared on a comedy television broadcast in 2013 involving Satanism, which resulted in envious roosters on SIN clashing with the SIN founder.  In the resulting carnage the roosters were either metaphorically slaughtered or flew away from SIN leaving a forum looking like a graveyard, the thousands of forum members as useful as corpses in the grave.

After the roosters left SIN suffered hacking and technical problems, earlier this month permanently losing all its membership data and content.  Developing ties with the Satanic Temple Zack Black hopes to restart his SIN forum, which so far is a painfully slow site claiming only a few dozen members.

The roosters initially founded their own internet forum, which collapsed in months.  Many of the roosters flew to take over the longest running Satanic forum on the internet called 600Club where they keep it on life support.

It takes no mystical powers to predict that the latest incarnation of SIN will suffer a similar fate that seems to afflict all internet forums, they have yet to attract resident roosters, but they will soon come.

Satanic comedy superstardom

“If you want to be taken seriously don’t dress like a fucking clown” – Zachary Schroeder

Since the death of Anton Lavey, founder of the modern form of Satanism called Laveyanism and the Church of Satan, there have been plenty of Satanists vying for the lime light, usually on forgettable second-rate talk shows.  Once they had their 15 minutes of fame, they think they are as famous as Lady Gaga and for years after attempt to create a personality cult as a mega-Satanic-superstar.

The most recent lucky break has come to the founder of the Satanic International Network Zachary Schroeder based in California, USA, who commonly refers to himself as Zach Black or SIN.  Mr Schroeder has been invited to appear on the Jeselnik Comedy Central show on 28th June of this year in an episode involving Satanists in a Catholic Girl School.  The Jeselnik show has a reputation for dealing with controversial issues and media subjects, with Satanism evidently selected for the comedy treatment. Though better than the usual media reports of crazy Satanists killing babies, no doubt Anton Lavey would turn in his grave at the comedy treatment of the Satanism he worked hard to give credibility to.

Mr Schroeder is no stranger to media involvement with one of his YouTube videos dealing with him under the influence of drugs making the media spotlight, and a failed attempt to milk fame from a suicide-murder of a former member of his Satanic forum.  The media being an unpredictable beast Mr Schroeder may be walking into disaster or into superstardom.