Reddit is an American social media news aggregation, web content rating, and discussion website. Registered members (330 million) submit content to the site, such as links, text posts, and images, which are then voted up or down by other members. As of July 2019, Reddit ranks as the No. 5 most visited website in the U.S. and No. 13 in the world, according to Alexa.
Alexis Ohanian was once famous for co-founding Reddit, but now he may be even better known as the husband of Serena Williams. It’s a role he relishes: He often makes grand romantic gestures, like proclaiming across four billboards along a Palm Springs highway that Williams is the best mother of all time to daughter Olympia.
Ohanian is part of the lefty word of Silicon Valley – the group that controls much of the internet and, subsequently, the supposed “free speech” social media platforms we often deal with. I get it, Reddit is a private company, and they can do what they want. But it is an interesting platform, as it gives us a window into leftists thinking of what “free speech” is, and how they create a platform for supposed open-minded (or lack of) thinking. By understanding Reddit, we can understand how leftists tick.
So, I thought I would give it a try to see what it’s like. In short, it is a bit bizarre and reminds me of a dark futuristic dystopian world where one is controlled by the platform gods that mange the lives of its users. It usurps its control by unleashing the mobs of hate-filled users on other users that fail to comply – using carrots and sticks (karma points) to coerce its users to obey. So let’s do a little deep dive into how Reddit works and understand its thinking.
Opening an account on Reddit is fairly straight forward. But once you get in, you will quickly learn you can do little but read. Most forum areas (called subreddits) require you to have a certain amount of time on the platform and obtain what they call karma points to do anything (they won’t say the exact rules to keep you on your toes). Karma points are earned when you comment, vote up, or post. Most subreddits won’t let you comment or post for the first week or so (prevent spamming), and you can only earn a few (very few) karma points with upvotes. It is training you to understand that it is a privilege to engage and speak an opinion as a new user. One can go to subreddits that are of little value and gain a few more karma points.
After a bit of work and time, you may have enough karma to make a comment on a post. But do be careful. If you say anything out of line, and you get your comment downvoted, you can lose what little karma points you have earned. If you are in a conservative or lefty subreddit, make sure you comment and say what people like. You are being forced to speak with the same voice as the mob, or you won’t be able to speak. An actual posting is even worse … the wrong post in the wrong subreddit, and you could lose all your karma, and you have to start all over again. Obey!
It can even get a little nastier. If you post what would seem to be a supportive comment, complying with the mob, the mob still might not like the comment. You may see that you are being ganged up upon, and you are losing karma points steadily. You think, OMG I am losing karma, I will just delete the comment so no one can downvote it. Good, you are cleaning the platform of “subversive” ideas. Oh, but this does not end it. There are many nasty users that see you running and then begin to hunt you down (they message their gang buddies). They will begin to search for your user name and attack you, downvoting all your comments, even unrelated to your original comment. Obey!
What kind of mechanism does this remind you of? Is this not what happens on the real streets at Trump rallies? Both sides on their side of the fence never to really discuss openly, issues. If someone gets off their side and alone … you’re attacked with vicious justification. You will find more open dialogue, however on the conservative subreddits – besides lefties on Reddit outnumber conservatives at least 10 to 1. The creators of Reddit (lefties) encourage you to stay in your bubble, have no debate, and comply with the mob rule. Truly, a dark futuristic dystopian world that mirrors real life.
Reddit is not for the novice social media user – it can be brutal. It does take a fair amount of effort and stress to make it work. But Reddit could be interesting for the right user. In any case, we as conservatives must engage where ever we can and not be afraid – even if the platform does not promote open-minded “free speech.” Fortunately, here if you comment, you won’t lose karma … [sce emoji=”happy”/]