PBS zooms in on “The Culture of Reddit”

Cofounder Alexis Ohanian and the Daily Dot's Kevin Morris discuss the history, evolution, and dark side of the social news site. 

 

Kevin Morris

Internet Culture

Published Jun 1, 2012   Updated Jun 2, 2021, 4:19 pm CDT

Off Book, PBS’s Internet-only program on art and artists, often finds itself exploring the realm of digital culture. For proof, just check out the latest episode, which tackles mega-popular social news site Reddit.

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With appearances from Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian and yours truly, the eight-minute-long video provides an excellent intro to the site, whose flood of endless pastel-blue links can be intimidating to newbies.

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The segment also touches on Reddit’s misogynistic and racist dark side, including interviews with members of r/ShitRedditSays, the community devoted to “bullying the bullies” on Reddit, whose laudable goals have nevertheless made it a lightning rod of controversy on the site.

Check out the video below.

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*First Published: Jun 1, 2012, 5:35 pm CDT