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Today on Reddit, debating the merits of LSD
In today’s Reddit Digest, the Kony 2012 debate continues to rage, redditors debate LSD, and Reddit gets a new CEO.
Want to read Reddit but don’t have the time? Our daily Reddit Digest highlights the most interesting or important discussions from around the social news site—every morning.
Reddit has a new CEO. His name is Yishan Wong, and he’s the former director of engineering at Facebook. Wong is a five-year redditor and a big-time Quora user, too. “I asked all of the candidates I interviewed the question: ‘Why did digg fail?'” Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian wrote in the thread announcing Wong’s appointment. “Yishan knows. And I’ll do everything in my capacity as a board member of reddit, inc. to make sure he doesn’t fuck it up.” (/r/blog)
It’s always a good day for a Photoshop thread. “Tomorrow is my birthday and I would very much like for Reddit to photoshop me upon the backs of random beasts,” MyNameIs20Characters writes. Redditors quickly broke out of the wild beast box. This animated GIF is particularly spectacular . The birthday boy concluded: “I wish I could frame the internet! This is an epic birthday gift! Thank you all!” (/r/pics)
The Kony 2012 campaign is the subject that won’t die. At r/TrueReddit, users have posted an interview about the movement with a Ugandan journalist, as well as a critical article from The Atlantic (“Solving War Crimes With Wristbands: The Arrogance of ‘Kony 2012‘). Redditor surells writes: “Its like lancing a boil as a cure for the plague. I can understand why people want to stop suffering when they see a video of a mutilated child, but like you say, you have to see the big picture. Stopping Kony will not stop children being mutilated, stopping the social and political turmoil that caused Kony will.” (/r/TrueReddit)
Speaking of casual activism, redditors have found a cause created just for them: KSCO, a Santa Cruz radio station, is willing to take Rush Limbaugh off the air. And they’ve put the decision up to an online vote. Hey, redditors are good at that! The servers at KSCO quickly crashed, and they moved the poll to an off-site location. (r/politics)
LSD can help treat alcoholism and other substances, according to a new study in Nature. That’s spawned an 800-comment thread in r/science and a heated (but polite) debate about the merits and dangers of psychedelic substances. (/r/science)
It seems Reddit’s r/occupywallstreet section has been taken over by aggressive, ban-happy moderators. The subscribers are left with little choice but to launch ultimately ineffectual protests. Sounds sadly analogous to the real world. ([/r/SubredditDrama)
Did I miss something? Let me know in the comments!
Kevin Morris is a veteran web reporter and editor who specializes in longform journalism. He led the Daily Dot’s esports vertical and, following its acquisition by GAMURS in late 2016, launched Dot Esports, where he serves as the site’s editor-in-chief.