In the media and pop culture, the dark web is often referred to as the nether regions of the Internet, where you can buy shady goods and services, often in exchange for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. This is the part of the Internet where folks reportedly trade in drugs, hacking services, and various other illegal things. To access it, you need to use software like Tor, which ensures nothing on the dark web can be easily monitored.
But is there something more to the dark web? Gizmodo investigated the dark web and comes to the conclusion that if you avoid everything that's illegal, the dark web mostly resembles the Internet of 20 years ago. You get dial-up like browing performance, it's full of pointless websites, blank pages with a single word, funny gif files with autoplaying sounds, and all sorts of bizarre stuff. You can read about their experience over here.
Look past the phishing links, fake bitcoin laundering services, and drug markets and what remains of the deep web is largely bizarre, single-serve pages. Remember the garbage kids were making in Learn Basic HTML classes or on Angelfire? That’s exactly what military-grade web security is being used for.