Today is a sad day. It's sad because I'm quitting Reddit. That seems strange, but it's the truth. Reddit has been a terrific source of crazy content, and a great way to waste time. It's a cesspool of the best and worst of humanity all wrapped into one. Beneath its many layers there is a tremendous community of knowledgeable people on literally any topic, and its AMA's are the stuff of legend.
Sadly, in recent months it's become increasingly apparent that censorship and commercialization have become a priority rather that its constituents, the ones to make the site what it is. Whether that has to do with the appointment of Ellen Pao as CEO or perhaps in concert with executive Alexis Ohanian is hard to say, but there's an uncanny correlation between the timing of that event and Reddit's descent into corporatism.
The firing of Victoria Taylor, the long-time admin of AMA and, by all accounts, a terrific human being, is the final straw for me. A number of 'subreddits' have returned to 'full service' but I will not follow. I will not support the crumbling of democracy in pursuit of the almighty dollar.
I am not a billionaire, or a celebrity, or an executive, just an average card-carrying citizen of the world. My only trump card is my vote. If we, as humans, abdicate our responsibility to speak out and act against those we feel have wronged, we're just another cog in the soul-sucking machine.
Is this an overreaction? It's just a stupid website. Maybe, but it seems to me more of a trend. If anyone has a legitimate alternative to reddit I will consider jumping on-board, but otherwise this is a sad end for me. I'm only one, and nobody will notice, but there it is.
What a shame.
What a shame.