Because you only think you’re paying attention when you’re watching animation.
Once you understand how central Reddit is to BuzzFeed, it’s like spotting the wizard behind the curtain. Whenever you see a popular BuzzFeed post, search Reddit, and all will be revealed.
Reddit is killing SOPA.
Members of Congress and their staff have grown used to scouring the Web, Twitter and Facebook to see where voters stand before finalizing their positions. But the heated debate over the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has turned the social news website Reddit into an unlikely rallying point for opponents of the bill.
“[SOPA] would kill Reddit,” Reddit general manager Erik Martin told The Hill. “We’re a platform so normally we would not take a stand on any political issue but this one would end our ability to run the site.”
The website where users submit and vote for links has a proven track record launching online memes and viral videos, but the specter of SOPA has turned the community’s attention squarely toward Washington. The results have been eye-opening for Washington and Silicon Valley alike.
SOPA would empower the government and copyright holders to obtain court orders forcing search engines, domain name registrars and other Web firms to sever ties with foreign websites deemed rogue. The bill has strong support from the content industries, which argue foreign piracy is sapping revenue and costing the nation jobs.
“This definitely the first time we’ve seen something like this, that’s been written about in the national headlines daily,” Martin said. “Reddit was much smaller [in 2008], a different animal.”
Reddit’s political subreddit bans Tumblr
This was the response to my attempt to submit a Tumblr post to /r/politics — no Tumblr allowed.
That subreddit is getting more freakin’ useless as time goes on. It’s become a hotbed of censorship. I’ve been a redditor for five years and I’m done submitting to it.
News Roundup for 8/31/11
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"Sarah Palin Appearance at Tea Party Rally in Iowa ‘No Longer Confirmed.’"
There was going to be a big tea party rally in Iowa Saturday. Or maybe there isn’t. Who even knows?
See, here’s what happened: Sarah Palin was going to show up for this thing, but then she found out Christine O’Donnell was going to be there too. Christine’s selling this big important book nobody wants, so she’s like all over the place lately. So Sarah sees that Christine’s on the bill and she’s all like, “No way! She’s younger and prettier and — let’s face it — crazier than I am! No way am I going to get upstaged by that witch!”
Which is totally unfair, because Christine is famously not a witch.
Anyway the ‘baggers had to boot Christine or Sarah wasn’t going to show. That was final. So they did. Or maybe they didn’t. It’s all very confusing. Sarah’s saying that the organizers have lied to her. I guess she found out that Christine was going to pop out of a cake and surprise everyone with sparklers or something while Sarah did her big dance routine. I’m guessing. I don’t have the details. Just piecing stuff together from the info I have, like Sherlock Holmes.
Of course, Sarah cancelled. And then she didn’t cancel. And then her appearance was “on hold.” She might even throw together a different shindig someplace else just to show up that snotty little witch. Who knows? It’s all very indefinite and up in the air and crazy right now. And the ‘bagger group, Tea Party of America, is already out $100,000 whether anything happens or not.
You know, it’s organizational skills like this that got us the S&P downgrade. These people couldn’t put together a peanut butter sandwich without incurring a death toll. (Wall Street Journal)
GOP frontrunners as characters from The Simpsons.
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Amazingly accurate. (Reddit)
"Dim Michele Bachmann Wants To Drill Everglades For Oil That Isn’t There."
That’s right, Shelly’s energy policy is just poke holes wherever you think there might be oil and screw those crazy geologists who want to dictate to Everyday Americans where there is or isn’t oil. Science is our enemy! (Wonkette)
Stories to Watch: 8/24/11
I missed the roundup today because I got into a fruitless war with the mods at Reddit’s /r/politics subreddit. I tried to submit a story about elections in Libya and it was rejected as “not American news.” It’s a whole big thing, which you can check out here if you’re interested. That subreddit used to be awesome, but lately they’ve been adding pointless restrictions and, worse, getting all anal-retentive about them and now it often sucks. And let’s not even talk about their spam filter; since when is the New York Times a spam site? Anyway, my day sucked. The moral of the story here is don’t waste time on pointless arguments. Now here’s the news…
Gallup polling shows Rick Perry leading the GOP field by a pretty wide margin, ahead of Mitt Romney 29% to 17%. Michele Bachmann is now yesterday’s news. Keep in mind, at this point people don’t really know who Rick Perry is. He’s just the new name in the race.
Obama’s attempts at centrist solutions are costing him the middle.
And about those Libyan elections. If transitional team leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil is right, they’ll happen in eight months. Do the math, that’ll be right in the middle of the ‘12 US presidential campaign. Yeah, /r/politics — no way is that a US political story. How silly of me.
The right gets punked by a hoaxer claiming to be Paul Krugman. Conservative gullibility know no bounds — although rightwing media fact-checking is anything but boundless.
Dick Cheney kept a resignation letter ready — in case his health took a bad turn, not in case he got drunk and shot some guy in the face.
Is Ron Paul just a nut? Yes, Ron Paul is just a nut.
Israel has more than 10,000 millionaires — including 16 billionaires — which raises the question, why on earth is the US sending them foreign aid?
Finally, here we have Jeb Bush; unlikely voice of reason.
Reddit is seriously beginning to piss me off.
Their spam filter is just the worst, most brainless POS. I submitted an article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and it got flagged as spam. Yeah, the biggest newspaper in Wisconsin is a fucking spam site.
Keep up the good work, genius coders at Reddit. You’re doing just a great fucking job!