Reddit takes on Sept. 11 conspiracy theories

The popular subreddit, r/explainlikeimfive, tackles the controversial issue, CISPA, and "the overtone series" in Tuesday's Reddit Digest. 


Kevin Morris

Internet Culture

Published Apr 17, 2012   Updated Jun 2, 2021, 6:27 pm CDT

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  • If you want to know why people are so upset about the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), you won’t find a better place to start than this AMA from the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s activism team. (/r/IAmA)

  • CISPA has been getting a whole lot of attention on Reddit recently, and it’s recasonable to assume the EFF AMA would rocket straight to the top. Nope. How can these legal experts hope to compete with Zeddie Little, the so-called “Ridiculously Photogenic Guy,” whose AMA collected more than 8,000 comments and a tidal wave of upvotes? It didn’t hurt that apart from being terribly photogenic, Little is remarkably likable. (/r/IAmA)

  • A major user-revolt at r/AskReddit last night helped end a brief moderator experiment that used tags to highlight rule-breaking posts. Since the tags are now gone, it’s hard to know exactly what they looked like. But it sounds like their purpose was to encourage redditors to make posts that fit within the subreddit’s rules. When posts broke those rules, a tag would be automatically generated that encouraged the poster to take his question to another, more appropriate subreddit. Not a horrible idea, but the execution, which apparently was done without the knowledge of the whole mod team and without any prior community feedback, was terrible. (/r/AskReddit)

  • Why do the vocals of a group singing sound completely in tune, even when many individuals sing might be singing out of tune? Something called “the overtone series.” Here’s the explanation. (/r/askscience)

  • Why on Earth do people believe 9/11 was an inside job? Redditors at r/explainlikeimfive doesn’t explain it to you like you’re five, but they do have some interesting takes on the conspiracy theories around the terrorist attack. (/r/explainlikeimfive)

  • Israeli Army soldiers “who admit to playing Dungeons & Dragons are immediately sent to a military psychologist and risk expulsion.” (/r/todayilearned)

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*First Published: Apr 17, 2012, 10:27 am CDT