OffBook PBS: The Culture of Reddit

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.


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§ 7 Responses to OffBook PBS: The Culture of Reddit

  • Anonymous says:

    “Tough baby” – nice definition there. Hadn’t come across the term before, but I’ve definitely met the tough-baby ethos. Would be interesting to see if the concept gains a foothold more generally.
    Also hi!

    • Oh hi friend! And yeah, tough baby is perfect, it provides a conceptual framework for so much……and is way snappier than just calling someone an insufferable asshole! 😀

  • Anonymous says:

    Oh, in completely unrelated news, Regretsy tells me that your neighbours are getting up to weird stuff. ( I REALLY love Craigslist…

    • lol @ Robyn Hood of Eugene. Also hey sorry I got this when you sent it, but was running out the door — just remembered you’d sent a thing! Also, Brucce and I were talking about how much we liked you the other day. You’re a awesome lady!!!! We miss you! ICA 2013 wooooooooo!

  • Anonymous says:

    Landahn baby wooo! Had a fab time with you and Brucce 🙂 Would you be on for a Skype conversation soon? A couple of interesting things came up in a conversation with my advisor the other day!

    • Would love to! It’s going to be a shitfest till like Wednesday though — defense tomorrow, packing all weekend, graduation on Monday, driving far far away on Tuesday. But back to regularly scheduled internet on Weds. You pick a time and I’ll be there!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Yikes, only just found this reply now, really need to tick the “reply by email” box!! Hope the move went well! Actually… I’ll go to email, that’ll make life more straightforward 🙂

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