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.