Reddit Digest: February 2, 2011

Internet bogeyman Rep. Lamar Smith continues to outrage redditors.

Mar 3, 2020, 8:54 am*

Internet Culture

Kevin Morris 

Kevin Morris

With 30 million unique visitors and more than to 2 billion page views a month, it’s safe to say a lot happens on the link-sharing and discussion site Reddit every day. There are more than 90,000 sections on the site; a single discussion alone can sometimes attract more than 10,000 comments.

How can anyone keep track of it all? Our daily Reddit Digest highlights the most interesting or important discussions from around the site—every morning.

  • Reddit’s favorite Internet bogeyman—Rep. Lamar Smith, the guy behind the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)—has stoked the fires of outrage once again. Now he’s pushing the Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act of 2011, which will allegedly “require Internet providers to retain archives of every subscriber’s online activity for up to 18 months, including phone records, credit-card numbers, websites visited and bank-account data.” There’s some debate about just how accurate that claim is, however. (r/politics)

  • On a related note, some redditors are asking pornography companies to black out in protest of the act. (r/politics)

  • Ian has violated the rules of r/picturesofiansleeping. He’s posted a picture of his roommate. Hilarious drama ensues. (For background, here’s the Daily Dot’s article on that subreddit from earlier this week.) (r/picturesofiansleeping)

  • Actor James Allen McCune, who plays Jimmy on AMC’s The Walking Dead, does an AMA. A very, very enthusiastic AMA. (r/thewalkingdead)

  • An Associated Press reporter wants to write a piece on employer’s asking job applicants for their Facebook login information. He’s turning for r/AskReddit for help. (r/AskReddit)

  • What are the worst common quotes? Here’s the top-voted choice on r/AskReddit: “Live tomorrow like it’s your last day” That’s met by (supposed) Kurt Vonnegut quote: “If people insist on living as if there’s no tomorrow, there really won’t be one.” (r/AskReddit)

  • This is why r/iama can be so great: The doctor Norman Rosenthal, who first described winter depression (SAD), answers redditors’ questions. Thoroughly, respectfully, and with personality. (r/IAmA)

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*First Published: Feb 2, 2012, 11:13 am