Upvoted: an advertiser-friendly Reddit?

Reddit’s made this news this year for, well, not flattering reasons—for being a site that’s host to some of the worst aspects of the Internet. Of course, while Reddit was willing to die on the “free speech!” hill to protect its racist forums (that is, until they finally wised up and deleted some of the subreddits), that also didn’t make the … Continue reading “Upvoted: an advertiser-friendly Reddit?”

Reddit finally shows some backbone, bans some racist subreddits

Recent events with Reddit have made much of how vocally bigoted some of its subreddits are, and how half-heartedly Reddit’s handled such, often behind the (flawed) “free speech!” “reason.” It looks like Reddit’s finally showing a bit of backbone, or at least some concern over not being able to attract advertising dollars. On Wednesday, Reddit … Continue reading “Reddit finally shows some backbone, bans some racist subreddits”

Reddit plans to deal with its racist content by… sticking a curtain in front of it?

Reddit, the self-proclaimed “front page of the Internet,” has been under a lot of fire in recent months. Staff turmoil, an interim CEO leaving, and its former CEO/co-founder returning have all happened within the last week or two alone. On top of all that is increasing criticism of Reddit’s sizable base of racist, sexist, and … Continue reading “Reddit plans to deal with its racist content by… sticking a curtain in front of it?”

A look at my social network usage (Summer 2014)

As everyone knows, social media networks dominate online life for most Internet users these days, with Facebook and Twitter the dominant ones. I thought I’d write up my feelings and experiences so far about the social networks I use. Most of the ones I use can be reached via the links section in the left sidebar. Facebook … Continue reading “A look at my social network usage (Summer 2014)”

10 pieces of tech I no longer use (and what’s replaced them)

For fun, here’s a list of ten pieces of technology that I once used, but are now obsolete for my purposes. I’ll also list why said tech is obsolete, and what’s replaced it. 1. Landline telephone Replaced by: cell phone Landline phones are something I grew up with, of course. Cell phones as a kid … Continue reading “10 pieces of tech I no longer use (and what’s replaced them)”

Digg digs its own grave, sold off for parts

Today comes news that once-influential social network Digg is basically being sold off in parts to several entities: the Washington Post (Digg’s staff), professional social networking site LinkedIn (for Digg’s patents), and a company called Betaworks (for the domain name, data, and whatever else is left): Digg Sold To LinkedIn AND The Washington Post And … Continue reading “Digg digs its own grave, sold off for parts”