"The primary use of the internet has always for the obscure and the unacceptable to mainstream."
No. For the first dozen or so years, the primary (and only official) use of The Internet was to research networking. During the last half of that dozen years, it gradually became a way for individual humans to share thoughts and ideas with other like-minded individuals, world-wide. It still functions in that regard, and it always will. The marketing-driven flash & glam got glued on much later, and is easily ignored by anybody with more than two brain cells to rub together.