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Jon Stewart to Reddit: you don't matter 
Posted by Drew at 2010-11-01 2:41:26 PM, edited 2010-11-01 4:13:48 PM (5914 comments) | Permalink
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Backstory: Reddit has been pushing support for the Stewart/Colbert rally since its inception, possibly since before its inception.



At the Rally For Sanity press conference on Saturday, Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, asked Stewart and Colbert a question: what role did the Internet play in convincing you to hold this rally? The response: "it didn't hurt."

Question at around 1:40
http://www.mediaite.com/tv/jon-stewart-and-stephen-colbert-hold-post-rally-to- re store-sanity-press-conference/

Did you hear that Reddit? All that work you put into getting the word out, organizing meetups, and convincing people to go "didn't hurt". All that initial support in getting the ball rolling on this rally a few months back was great, but it wasn't a factor. Thanks for your meaningless and futile support that Comedy Central really didn't need at the end of the day to get a surprise crowd of 250,000 people to the rally. Did you hear that Internet? You had no role in this either, it was all Comedy Central all the way.

Colbert doesn't get a pass on this either, his "thanks Reddit for raising half a million dollars for our charity but it didn't affect attendence one way or the other" comment is a backhanded compliment at best.

And to say this all live, in a press conference, to the co-founder of a community of millions that did everything in its power to get the word out past its own readers to the greater internet, that is flat out disrespectful and wrong. Alexis is a friend of mine, and he's a super nice guy. He would never dream of saying this to Jon Stewart but I will: you owe Alexis an apology and you owe Reddit an apology. I'll stop short at saying you owe The Internet an apology because honestly I think The Internet owes us all an apology for a number of things, Justin Bieber notwithstanding.

In the clip you'll notice Stewart uses part of his answer to Alexis' question to make the point that Comedy Central had the idea for this rally "months" before Reddit did. Which is really odd considering Alexis didn't ask or imply that Reddit gave Comedy Central the idea for the rally in the first place. Sounds like someone feels a litle guilty about something. Who thought of it first doesn't matter, it is impossible to deny that Reddit's actions encouraged Comedy Central to actually pull the trigger. Except Stewart did, right to Alexis Ohanian's face, in a live press conference.

Why am I so bent about this? First and foremost, because a friend of mine got smacked down on live TV by a guy he helped, and I can't stand by and do nothing about it without at least saying something. But also because Daily Show writers have been doing essentially the same thing to me, every single day for the past 10 years. They use Fark every day to source material, and haven't mentioned Fark on air even one single time. It's the same attitude toward Reddit: "sure doesn't hurt, but not a significant contribution." Thanks to Fark, your writers don't have to go far to fill your shows up with material for you to use. Every writer I've met thanks me vociferously for Fark and tells me how much easier it makes their jobs. Sure that's not worth a daily mention, but I would think at least one in the last 10 years. It has yet to happen. I've learned to live with it, but Alexis is my friend and he does not deserve this kind of treatment. Especially considering the effort Reddit put into promoting the rally.

I'm not implying they owe Reddit or Fark any credit for the success of the Rally, that's definitely not the case. Comedy Central did the bulk of the work, that can't be disputed. This is about common courtesy. If someone does you a favor, a thank you is a kind and appropriate response. In Reddit's case, "it doesn't hurt" is a slap in the face. It discounts all the effort they went through - and they went through a lot. And they weren't the only ones, several other large web communities pitched in as well.

Here's my proposal: Jon Stewart should apologize for discounting the impact that Reddit and other Internet communities had on this rally, or next time The Internet should remember Comedy Central thinks they don't count and should show them what happens when "The Internet" actively works to convince people to not attend. Because if Reddit had put similar effort into convincing people not to attend, the crowd size would have been far smaller than anticipated. And if you don't believe me, let's see how it goes next time if Stewart makes the wrong decision.

PS: pretty sure this post will guarantee that I and/or Fark never get a mention on The Daily Show but that wasn't happening anyhow.
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2010-11-04 10:05:54 PM  
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2010-11-04 10:06:14 PM  

Alright... enough procrastinating. Save the LP for me or I'll get all Trinity on your asses...

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2010-11-04 10:07:24 PM  
And someone should turn that into an "at first I was like... but then I" thingy.
 
2010-11-04 10:10:23 PM  
is that a deleted scene from the world according to garp?
 
2010-11-04 10:12:11 PM  
Who let that flaphead back in here?
 
2010-11-04 10:13:37 PM  
mcflappers roast beef vaginas
 
2010-11-04 10:16:55 PM  
i197.photobucket.com
 
2010-11-04 10:18:45 PM  
The AlbinoSaxon: you can never have too much of this gif

Sometimes farkers are so easily amused.
 
2010-11-04 10:21:32 PM  
I'm just posting once a day.

I have to leave for the weekend, wonder if this will be here on Sunday
 
2010-11-04 10:22:14 PM  
it will not, nor will you, the world ends tomorrow

make your peace
 
2010-11-04 10:22:48 PM  
TheManofPA: I'm just posting once a day.

I have to leave for the weekend, wonder if this will be here on Sunday


www.newsbiscuit.com
 
2010-11-04 10:23:25 PM  
daRog: Who let that flaphead back in here?

i21.photobucket.com


Make their eyes google!
 
2010-11-04 10:23:37 PM  
daRog: The AlbinoSaxon: you can never have too much of this gif

Sometimes farkers are so easily amused.


Says the Farker who posted at least 50 "My dick is so big..." posts.

/Nothing wrong with being easily amused
//LP
 
2010-11-04 10:24:23 PM  
i'm not easily amused, but i am

/and so is my little big dick
 
2010-11-04 10:28:29 PM  
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2010-11-04 10:35:47 PM  
I have some chocolate covered peanuts and I aint sharing. Expect there are no peanuts and it's not chocolate.

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2010-11-04 10:36:54 PM  
more of the panty bunch are handing in letters of resignation in the new thread
 
2010-11-04 10:38:18 PM  
they don't matter
 
2010-11-04 10:38:29 PM  
the shiat that got real is serious business
 
2010-11-04 10:38:59 PM  
... dare I ask? O.o
 
2010-11-04 10:39:25 PM  
dare dare
 
2010-11-04 10:40:42 PM  
My mouse doesn't work on a matte book but it works on the clear plastic cover of another. What the hell
 
2010-11-04 10:41:16 PM  
match books are too small

...i'm sorry? speak up!
 
2010-11-04 10:41:33 PM  
medius: dare dare

why did this shiat get real?
 
2010-11-04 10:41:37 PM  
medius: more of the panty bunch are handing in letters of resignation in the new thread

darog.smbks.net
 
2010-11-04 10:42:12 PM  
My dick is so big, it's bigger than a match!
 
2010-11-04 10:42:28 PM  
well, while it's in your body it's only half shiat, because you don't know if it's still alive or not

but when you open it up and poop is coming out, it becomes real

it's called transubstantiation
 
2010-11-04 10:42:55 PM  
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2010-11-04 10:43:40 PM  
I thought that was when you changed trains
 
2010-11-04 10:43:55 PM  
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2010-11-04 10:44:47 PM  
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2010-11-04 10:47:05 PM  
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bloody milk
 
2010-11-04 10:47:20 PM  
medius: well, while it's in your body it's only half shiat, because you don't know if it's still alive or not

but when you open it up and poop is coming out, it becomes real

it's called transubstantiation


F*ck that. I'm not risking disappearing if I don't poo.
 
2010-11-04 10:49:59 PM  
the poo poo choo choo
 
2010-11-04 10:50:19 PM  
When there's that little gap at the end of a ruler before zero starts, that pisses me off.
 
2010-11-04 10:51:08 PM  
sxacho: When there's that little gap at the end of a ruler before zero starts, that pisses me off.

Draw more.
Math less.
Be happier.
 
2010-11-04 10:51:49 PM  
it gyps me a sixteenth of an inch whenever i measure!
 
2010-11-04 10:52:53 PM  
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2010-11-04 10:55:19 PM  
Is there a badge for this thread?
 
2010-11-04 10:56:15 PM  
Krymson Tyde: Is there a badge for this thread?

Yup.

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2010-11-04 10:56:28 PM  
Krymson Tyde: Is there a badge for this thread?

Badges! we don need no stinkeeen badges.
 
2010-11-04 10:56:40 PM  
So...what are the bets on how many posts this gets to? We can play this like Price is Right: closest without going over wins.

I'm gonna say 5984.
 
2010-11-04 10:57:33 PM  
I say 1.
 
2010-11-04 10:58:43 PM  
xanadian: So...what are the bets on how many posts this gets to?

That's a sucker's bet. Too easy to manipulate the numbers.
 
2010-11-04 10:59:16 PM  
Over 9000.
 
2010-11-04 10:59:37 PM  
I second the vote for > 9000
 
2010-11-04 11:00:39 PM  
I say it ends tonight. And I say it ends at 1.

That's what I say.
 
2010-11-04 11:00:55 PM  
I like cheese!
 
2010-11-04 11:03:20 PM  
medius: I say it ends tonight. And I say it ends at 1 after daRog gets last post.

FTFY
 
2010-11-04 11:04:23 PM  
This isn't getting anywhere near 9000.
 
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