Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A New Place to Waste Time

Hey there. So, we’ve established that I’m living in the Stone Age. My electronic entourage is a poor excuse for modern technology. However, that doesn’t mean that I am completely oblivious to digital trends. I don’t tweet and I don’t update my Facebook status, mainly due to a sincere belief that my day-to-day activities are of no real consequence to you. That being said, I recently discovered reddit.com and am (at least momentarily) captivated by it.

For those of you who don’t know, reddit is the Wikipedia of news. By that I mean that it is a “news site” populated entirely by unofficial “redditors” (a.k.a. random internet users).

It is an incredibly interesting concept, having people talk about the news they care about rather than passively receiving it from other sources. It doesn’t necessarily function in such an idealistic fashion, but there is certainly something to be said about the breadth of articles on the site.

For example, over the past few days there have been numerous articles regarding the oil spill, as well as several discussions about politics, religion, and the environment.

Of course, I spent an equal amount of time reading discussions involving absurd musings and “What if…” scenarios, video games, comics about Kool-Aid, and stories about grandpa conspiracies.

As you can see, there is quite a diverse array of topics. I’m new to the site but it appears to be overwhelmingly popular (The actor from the hilarious Old Spice commercials posted a video on reddit responding to reddit users).

If you haven’t been there, you should check it out. Be careful though, you may decide to read a thread or two and three hours later you’ll snap back to reality and wonder why you’re reading the 40th post in a thread entitled “Wouldn’t it suck if cats had five-foot arms?”

Wisdom by Warren:
The early bird catches the bird flu.

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