Reddit Digest: January 12, 2012

Reddit meets 4chan, Portlandia's Fred Armisen completes an AMA, and tension mounts in regards to the Stop Online Piracy Act. 


Kevin Morris

Internet Culture

Published Jan 12, 2012   Updated Jun 2, 2021, 10:47 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.

  • Yesterday redditor place_face announced he had VIP Daily Show tickets in his possession. What should he ask Jon Stewart about SOPA/PIPA, he wondered. Nine hours later, he was back. “I asked Jon Stewart about SOPA. He said he’d look into it, and mentioned it in the intro!” (r/politics)

  • Everyone knows the morning is the best time to read an essay on the convergence of Web cultures. Here’s a good one on Reddit and 4chan. Enjoy! (r/DepthHub)

  • r/science is loaded with amazing headlines this morning: 1. New class of planetary systems: Astronomers find two new planets orbiting double suns; 2. New drug may keep you sober no matter how much you’ve had to drink; 3. Want taxpayers who paid for your research to have free access to results from that research? Not if this bill can help it. (r/science)

  • How did Reddit become so popular? Is it all just because Reddit’s algorithm is so damn good? (r/TheoryOfReddit)

  • Portlandia’s Fred Armisen does an AMA. (r/IAmA)

  • Hey, Imgur: Will you follow Reddit’s lead and blackout on Jan. 18? Redditors are starting to put pressure on the image-hosting service. At /r/wikipedia they’re also discussing a blackout. (r/AskReddit)

  • Another Al Jazeera correspondent, Marwan Bishara, does an AMA. This is one news organization that really understands Reddit. (r/IAmA)

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*First Published: Jan 12, 2012, 11:21 am CST