The Reddit community has really been impressing us this week. First, it managed to give a baby a really nice name. And now, it’s helped a man locate his missing mother.
Yesterday, redditor joshgoldberg89 posted on the site that his 59-year-old mother, who suffers from severe dementia, had gone missing in NYC. He had contacted the NYPD and several missing persons organizations, and was putting up fliers in surrounding areas, but he also hoped the People of the Internet might be able to help him in his desperate search:
Reddit functions as many things — a cradle for Internet memes, a hub for horrifying tales of bodily functions, a much-needed platform for Lil Jon.
But one of the most nefarious ways Reddit has influenced our culture is by providing a platform for men who believe they’ve been “friendzoned.”
What is the friendzone? It’s a pretend place that exists only in the imaginations of oft-rejected heterosexual men — and on a popular subreddit.
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
You’ve always known it, but now there’s hard numbers: Pew’s Internet & American Life project today released the results of a study which found that Anna Kendrick notwithstanding, Reddit is especially popular among young men. Try to contain your shock!
Researchers conducted a poll and found that six percent of adults online are Redditors. However, 15 percent of dudes 18 to 29 said they’re users, while a mere five percent of women the same age did. Men are, overall, twice as likely to frequent the site.
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Reddit’s “IAmA” question-and-answer sessions can be thorny territory for celebrities brave enough to wade into the seething, snarking masses. Redditors who catch the scent of bald PR stunts can rhetorically (and gleefully) crap on promotions-friendly scripts and set them on fire. Comedian, author and Expedia.com naked traveler Michael Ian Black has just braved the wilds of the web’s premiere link aggregator and as far as we can tell, survived.
Reflecting on Woody Harrelson’s no-good, very bad Reddit experience a few months ago, Betabeat asked Mr. Black to comment on the session.
The Times has published a definitive Internet Culture Piece a Year Too Late.
The victim: Reddit’s infamous Rage Comic meme. Though you can still find Rage Comics posted daily on Reddit, the joke was probably on the downswing popularity-wise a year ago. The following is the paper of record unwittingly sealing Rage Comics inside vast and unquiet catacombs in the bowels of the Internet where the ghosts of all past memes roam, to float sadly in the ether alongside the howling phantasm of Rick Astley and his 80s bouffant: