In The News
The grand jury decisions for the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases sent the media into a whirlwind. It was difficult to get a good sense of what was going on—with right-winged news outlets pushing one bias, left-winged pushing another, everyone aggregating everything and Facebook friends circulating falsities they read on Reddit. As our country erupted in discussion and protest, information was distributed through a buzzy media and Internet rumors. The “facts” weren’t as readily available.
To rid the public of this type of problem, Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger made Infobitt, a free, open content news resource he’s calling “Wikipedia for the news.” No, it’s not Wikinews; this site grabs facts from news sources, summarizes them and organizes the information to make it a news go-to. Like our beloved online encyclopedia, Infobitt is a collaborative effort.
Music to Your Ears
In next Thursday’s 2014 midterm election, residents of Oregon, Alaska and Washington D.C. will vote on their right to light up.
To answer the Internet’s questions about what this might mean, real, live experts on marijuana legalization (no, not your drug dealer or some dudes form r/tress) hosted a Reddit AMA yesterday.
The Internet Makes You Creepy
Western music is popular all over the world, but language barriers can make it difficult for foreign fans to lose themselves in the songs and shows.
To unite fans from the East and artists from the West, DJ and Producer Steve Aoki is endorsing AsQme, an AMA-style site where Japanese fans can ask Western artists questions to help them better understand their music. The Japanese-American electro house musician will host the site’s first AMA, which will start on October seventh and run for a staggering three weeks.
Dick, five seconds of awkwardly staring at a stranger, dick, dick was the typical order of events on Chatroulette back in the day.
While many are glad this fad has passed, Michael Cera misses the fun webcam times so much that he wants the site to come back as the next big Internet thing.
Reddit AMAs are incredible educational tools. They’ve taught us what it’s like to have two dicks; proved to us that Canadian stereotypes are all true; even illuminated Lil’ John’s fascinating opinions of snowboarding. And now, we finally know what it’s like to be a professional snuggler.
Yes, you’re reading that right: redditor KonekoPeach was not a professional smuggler, but a professional snuggler — as in, a person paid to crawl into bed with and wrap their arms around a lonely stranger for hours at a time, as she explained in an AMA yesterday.
She worked for a company called The Snuggle Buddies, which claims to be strictly non-sexual and charges anywhere from $60 for an hour-long snuggle sesh to $400 for a ten-hour overnight extravaganza. KonekoPeach seems to have generally enjoyed the experience, though she quit when she began to sense the whole thing was just maaaaybe a little sketchy and unsafe.
We knew Lil Jon was good at making music (“Yeah!” was an instant classic on the mid-2000s bar mitzvah circuit), and that he also did pretty well on Celebrity Apprentice (yep, we watched that).
But as of yesterday, we now also know the 43-year-old rapper is capable of hosting the greatest Reddit AMA we’ve ever seen — yes, greater even than that guy with two dicks.
To celebrate completing her first year in office, a Canadian politician hosted a (very lovely and polite) Reddit Ask Me Anything last week. And you thought we Canadians hadn’t mastered electricity yet.
Sometimes the Ask Me Anything subreddit is a heartwarming and educational space, filled with the charming tales of 91-year-old WWII veterans, blind marathon runners and Braille transcribers.
Other times—last night, for instance—it’s a place where the conversation gets so weird, it makes you wish you just stuck Read More
Snoop Lion, formerly known as Snoop Dogg, of course, took to Reddit today to answer some important questions in his very own Ask Me Anything thread. Mr. Lion told Redditors that the best show he ever played was at last year’s Coachella and that he smokes 81 blunts every day, seven days a week.
It was everything you’d expect a AMA with Snoop Lion to be.
But about halfway through his hive mind interview, Mr. Lion either got bored of answering questions or was just too high to keep going, so he decided to quickly quiz Reddit on his own weed smoking habits instead.
A person claiming to be a former Zynga engineer hosted an Ask Me Anything on Reddit last night. As proof, he or she submitted a snapshot of a termination notice and claims to have quit and have no axe to grind. Take it with a grain of salt, but Redditors and Hacker News users seemed to think the poster was legit. The person certainly talked the talk, dishing on everything from spying on users, to maximizing for profit at the expense of fun, to treating contractors like “second class citizens.”
Overall, the Q and A by user mercenary-games doesn’t end up doing Zynga any favors: they say Zynga releases unstable code regularly, is rife with brogrammers who can’t program, and affirmed when another user marveled, “it’s like the games play you.“