“Kony 2012” takes over Reddit in today’s digest


The viral campaign against Ugandan guerilla leader Joseph Kony became ubiquitous on the social news site last night and this morning.

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  • “Kony 2012” has taken over Reddit at Ted Williams-level speed. What’s it all about? Here’s your TL;DR: The centerpiece of the campaign, led by the charity Invisible Children, is a 30-minute video about Joseph Kony. He’s the leader of the violent Ugandan guerrilla group, the Lord’s resistance Army, which has forced 60,000 children to fight for them and caused the displacement of more than 2 million people. Kony has been indicted for war crimes by the International Court in the Hague; the purpose of the Kony 2012 campaign (and its eponymous video) is to bring international attention to Kony’s actions, and force foreign action against him. It seems they are well on their way to achieving that first goal, if Reddit is any indication. (/r/everywhere)

  • Here is everything you ever wanted to know about one man’s addiction to sex. It’s not prettyit’s as ugly as many other addictions. (It’s also not safe for work.) (/r/IAmA)

  • The benevolent Internet is a powerful thing, as Reddit has shown time and again. Now someone has finally created crowd-sourced goodness for a much-overlooked population: people with small bladders. At r/YouShouldKnow, redditors have highlighted, a crowd-sourced app that let’s you know the best scenes in a movie to dash out of the theater and relieve yourself. “Surely this is why the internet and smart phones were invented,” writes rlkeener911. (/r/YouShouldKnow)

  • Every nerdy science layman knows that space is expanding. But what is it expanding into, you might wonder? “It’s not expanding into anything, rather, the distances between separate points is increasing.” Here’s an analogy to help you understand a little better. (/r/askscience)

  • Here’s an amazing story about a cop who was almost killed at a traffic stop but was saved thanks to a few local gang members. It’s hovered at the top of r/bestof all last night and morning. And here’s the inevitable comment explaining why the whole thing is probably a giant pile of steaming BS. (/r/bestof)

  • Redditor BeanBlankie says he has a chance to ask Stephen Hawking one question. After posting tor/AskReddit, he’s quickly chased off to r/askscience. “PLEASE GO TO r/askscience FOR THIS OH MY GOD DO NOT ACCEPT THESE PEOPLES ANSWERS!” redditor Green Voltage pleads. An excellent suggestion, because I do not even understand the current top question, and that’s probably just the type of thing Stephen Hawking might find interesting. (/r/askscience)

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Kevin Morris

Kevin Morris

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.