Reddit and a short personal history lesson.

The first time I was on the Internet I joined two communities, one was a music discussion board and the other was a gaming board. I frequented the gaming board and was not well accepted as I had just discovered alcohol and began partying. When I got back from parties I would surf this website fairly drunk. I made friends, some life long friends but I ran afoul of moderators and higher ranking members of certain cliques. I was a pain in the ass, they attempted to bully me in their own way

I replied to them with arguments, threats and offensive macro images mainly for revenge and laughs. Reminding myself of users of a certain site. I had made friends and because of that I was let into a whole 2 Page thread of mods raging about me. It seems I was a troll before it was cool. After getting banned and then permanently banned I made more accounts and kept coming back. I wasn’t accepted by the community but I made a few good friends.

Then the other board was more accepting, at first my comments were lost in a flurry of other posts. I had to take my time to get to know these people, their site was more chaotic. They had their own in jokes and it was an amusing and fun place ran by a mr.zilla who commented but kept rather neutral in affairs. I also joined its brother board. They were a split from and older and much larger commercial music site. This isn’t the board you might be thinking of but it was similar in some ways.

The site was a yuku and it ran with its own jokes, slandering, discussions, and all manner of threads with lots of music related viewer reviews. You get the picture, the place was well habited. There’d be some rivalry between the two brother sites but it was all in all awesome. I made friends and enemies again but was accepted and found to be rather amusing. Eventually both sites wilted and died. This was over the course of maybe three years.

Later on I went to other site but none with forums. I came across reddit. Quite late actually. When I finally went on it I thought, wow it’s like the fucking matrix. It may actually be awesome. Mr.Fox had actually recommended it to me when we talked at anywhere between 3pm-5am between his trips to china and return to Los Angeles. He is one of the more interesting writers on the Internet.

(This a short story of how my social life went down the drain, it wasn’t a big thing when it happened, now I suddenly seem to be reconnected. I made a regretful decision to be in contact with all of them. Don’t get me wrong I’d like to see them but not in a local park or on a street or in a dive pub in London. It seems crazy to me how these days I find the majority of my entertainment at home or on the Internet. I used to go out a lot the suddenly everything changed. This issue here isn’t because they got jobs and commitments, they’d had those before and we still managed. But everyone split into their groups and we seemed to talk less and less. Our communication is moderate. Most of them are likable and some were true friends. We went around everywhere doing everything, we had some amazing parties. Some of them hate each other now, some have disappeared, other have moved, some cannot be bothered and others just have their separate faction. Naturally I am my own faction.)

Rage Comics later encouraged me to go to the site and read through it.
When I read through it I was impressed and didn’t know how endless it truly was. The content is great. I enjoyed that part. The conversations and debates looked fun. There were endless interesting sub-reddits from medicine to abandoned places. There was pretty much something for everyone and the users seemed okay and informed. After getting heavily into reddit I joined, I read topics and rated some harmlessly enough. I posted a few comments, karma for being funny. Here is where I start to see the darker side of reddit. I should have taken the blue pill.

I decided to post a few things, most of it was ignored or rarely commented on. I had some legitimate debates and discussions I wanted to have about atheism, science and philosophy but it was all ignored. I was not really discouraged because I know it happens when you are new. First I was attacked for being new, no problems just a few idiots. It was pretty funny actually. Then I notice other people’s decent contributions were also being ignored so I went and browsed some rage comics, science articles and abandoned places. As my explorations extended I found spacedicks accidentally,I really wish I had taken that blue pill.

I noticed that people got up voted to the front page for animal pictures and some funny stuff which was pretty decent. I saw the coffee shop activists of reddit for what they were. I saw atheists acting as bad as those denounced. Bravely calling out religious family members for approval and karma. It was pretty sick. I am not a believer in the divine but these guys give atheists a bad name and they ensure I’d never identify with them. They pick on unsuspecting and stupid people. They are sad, strange little people. Certain people know how to manipulate en masse to gather karma. Crooked farmers picking a strange fruit.

The worst thing about the karma whoring is that people would make up sob stories in order to gain karma using a ton of heart-felt bullshit. People were exposed for doing this. I watched countless crap spewed forth from the redditors, to be fair it is more of a diamonds in shit situation. All in all reddit has made me even more misanthropic than before. People are greedy even if it’s just for up votes. It’s like the next evolution of the attention whore.
The atheists can’t debate shit, they would not consider that they might be wrong when in pure science you cannot prove their hypothesis that there is no god without definitive proof. neither atheist nor theist can say they are right without reasonable doubt.

Then we have the hipsters, they hurt my skull with all their bullshit. Let’s act like we are cultured and drink crappy beard to validate that!
They disrespect anyone who isn’t into their crap and remind me of the Manson family if they had a strange sense of style. Hipsters annoy me for many reasons. I think the last straw for me was the day I found out about their slang and they attempted to insult me during an enquiry about seapunks so I retaliated and they ended up leaving me alone in thread. After that I think I know it means to truly hate hipsters. This hipster bullshit goes on all the time.

Reddit in itself is a great site. The people make it bad. It can be entertaining but it was killed for me when people started bringing their beliefs and ideologies into things. After that reddit became even more of a circle-jerk then it already was. They have a board called circle-jerk but after spacedicks I refuse to click on it. All the worst of humanity can be found on reddit, especially those that make you question whether the majority of people are really that simple. I look through reddit for fun, latest developments, some interests but I rarely participate anymore because it just isn’t worth the time it takes to post. If I want to know the opinions of others I can read their comments.

Reddits in jokes and memes are mostly stolen from 4chan. I enjoyed encyclopedia dramaticas article about reddit. I find it quite accurate. When I look at reddit I see a larger and sanitized 4chan. I refuse to upvote anyone or give them any karma because why the fuck do they need it? Why do they deserve it?
It’s full of many a manchild and karmawhore. I check it and every time my distaste for it grows greater than ever before. There is no real sense of community. It’s like living in the city!

People just trying too hard for karma. With dumb in jokes, pissing contests, fake stories and the occasional decent article or thread. Everything is a repost. In my personal opinion less than a quarter of the sub reddits I have seen are informative or entertaining. The rest is like a buffer.

Reddit has been annoying me lately.


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