February 12, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Today the Awl published me-n-Kate’s third internet yak (IT MEANS: DIALOGUE). This time we considered the raaather boss comments William Shatner made regarding Reddit –aka “The Front Page of the Internet,” for rape jokes– and their libertarian-themed moderation policies (or lack thereof). My position is that Reddit’s moderation policies (or lack thereof) are broken, and that their obsession with “free speech” (scare quotes in flashing neon) is to blame. It’s a good time. (also please note that I am NOT engaging with REAL i.e. constitutional speech issues here, but rather the stupid shit users post to a privately-owned platform that is perfectly capable of cleaning out the damn trash once in a while but chooses not to).
June 2, 2012 § 7 Comments
Really smart analysis of Reddit’s fucked up relationship to/with women from Stephen Bruckert (that section begins at 3:15). A++, would highly recommend —- for proof of precisely what Brucket is saying, check out the woe-is-men tough baby dipshit comments on the video. (although since I first posted, the comments have shifted towards affirmation of Bruckert’s perspective, and most amusingly, the accusation that Reddit is just a watered-down version of 4chan with over 9000% more smug)
What I love about Bruckert’s segment is that it’s sandwiched between the standard celebratory ballyhooing that accompanies most discussions of Reddit. Like, Reddit believes in FREE SPEECH! Reddit SAVES THE INTERNET FROM SOPA! Reddit spearheaded the LARGEST SECRET SANTA EXCHANGE IN HISTORY, and sends PIZZA TO THE LESS FORTUNATE! That may be true (although as my friend Tony reminded me in an email, “free speech” on Reddit actually means “you can say whatever you want, as long as you agree with me”), but the people engaging in these random acts of kindness/internet white knighting also sort of hate women. Which complicates things.