On September 5, I posted this story about the social site Reddit, and President Obama’s online interview there. I cited a September 2 New York Times story by David Carr who called the site “casually misogynistic.”
Turns out it’s not so casual, as evidenced by this gawker.com article with internet troll Michael Brutsch, aka Violentacrez.
“If you are capable of being offended, Brutsch has almost certainly done something that would offend you, then did his best to rub your face in it,” said reporter Adrian Chen. If you’re looking for a textbook battle between freedom of speech and dangerous speech, Brutsch and Reddit are the nexus.
This October 20 Times story by Jenna Wortham posits that Reddit is a city and evaluates it in the context of Jane Jacobs’ master work, “The Death and Life of Great American Cities.”
“Those turned off by Reddit’s policies, which the company has no plans to amend despite the blowup, could always find a new place online to roost,” Wortham wrote. “But in Ms. Jacobs’ book, the cities that drive people away rather than deal with their unsavory bits begin to deteriorate and decay, and eventually wither.”
I have used Reddit to post and extend the reach of my blog posts but have now decided not to. If you’re game, however, here are two online stories about how to use it effectively: