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Reddit Digest: January, 13, 2012

Not even Reddit's humor section is safe from discussion about the Stop Online Piracy Act. 


Kevin Morris

Internet Culture

Posted on Jan 13, 2012   Updated on Jun 2, 2021, 10:44 pm CDT

With 30 million unique visitors and close 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.

  • Big surprise—it’s another Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)-filled day on Reddit. At r/politics, redditors are urging one another to call their congressman. “Are you guys REALLY contacting your Senators? Not from what I’m seeing,” IWorkForASenaor writes. “The phones were quiet in my Senator’s office today.” (r/politics)

  • Meanwhile, fightforthefuture has a list of 61 senators who are supposedly refusing to meet with their constituents to talk about SOPA. “Urge the senator to vote against cloture on the 24th, and ask for a meeting to explain your opposition,” the redditor writes. “If they give you a meeting or any useful information, report it on the thread for your state.” (r/politics)

  • Even r/humor can’t escape from the SOPA obsession. Yourhero88 writes: “Even if Facebook doesn’t participate in a blackout, a surefire way to make sure it’s users are made aware of the Act is to just send your Mom a message saying that by forwarding the information to everyone on her friend’s list, she’ll get a iPhone from the ghost of Steve Jobs.” That’s a joke, of course. But others are taking it seriously. (r/humor)

  • Reddit “fuzzes” upvotes and downvotes as a kind of spam protection measure. But if the numbers are so inaccurate, what’s the point of displaying them at all? (r/TheoryOfReddit)

  • In r/askscience, a wonderful question with no real answer: “When a photon leaves a star, what are the odds that it will eventually hit something, vs. never hit anything for the rest of the life of the universe?” Turns out the universe is still too mysterious; we just don’t know. (r/askscience)

  • Reddit’s unofficial magazine is preparing for a special Reddit blackout mini-edition. (r/theredditor)

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*First Published: Jan 13, 2012, 11:14 am CST