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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 (5884 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 03:21:36 PM
"Here's Nixon with his 'one-handed Michael J. Fox' impression."
 
2010-11-04 03:26:15 PM
"Invisible Mao."
 
2010-11-04 03:26:26 PM
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2010-11-04 03:26:55 PM
medius: darog.smbks.net

i.imgur.com
 
2010-11-04 03:28:54 PM
daRog: medius: darog.smbks.net

Look, I made an effort.

I said to myself "I'm going to steal some images from this LP so long as they were not posted by daRog."

So don't blame me.

I was hotlinking someone else who was hotlinking you.
 
2010-11-04 03:30:08 PM
i.imgur.com

ASSY POST!
 
2010-11-04 03:32:38 PM
media1.break.com
 
2010-11-04 03:34:00 PM
we're all going to die.
 
2010-11-04 03:36:25 PM
medius: we're all going to die.

We can only hope.
 
2010-11-04 03:37:19 PM
medius: someone else who was hotlinking you

darog.smbks.net
 
2010-11-04 03:38:21 PM
New thread about this is up.
(new window)
If anyone still cares about the original issue.
 
2010-11-04 03:38:44 PM
medius: we're all going to die.

You don't matter.
 
2010-11-04 03:38:58 PM
lAST POST (new window)

ravenssettle: New thread about this is up.
(new window)
If anyone still cares about the original issue.



oh, goddammit
 
2010-11-04 03:42:10 PM
did we already have a "jon stewart does not care about blog people" post?

because it needed to be said
 
2010-11-04 03:42:10 PM
5450
 
2010-11-04 03:45:17 PM
medius: did we already have a "jon stewart does not care about blog people" post?

because it needed to be said


That one was about 5000 comments up.
 
2010-11-04 03:48:01 PM
ravenssettle: That one was about 5000 comments up.

but a lot of ass has come and gone in the meantime
 
2010-11-04 03:51:20 PM
Also: I just finally watched the video.
 
2010-11-04 03:52:00 PM
medius: ravenssettle: That one was about 5000 comments up.

but a lot of ass has come and gone in the meantime


A lot of great ass.
 
2010-11-04 03:54:03 PM
i418.photobucket.com
 
2010-11-04 03:54:22 PM
Drew needs to stop posting blogs about this so I can sneak in and steal the last post already.
 
2010-11-04 03:55:49 PM
ravenssettle: If anyone still cares about the original issue.

You think anyone cared originally?
 
2010-11-04 03:55:58 PM
Do blogs close?

Does anyone know?
 
2010-11-04 03:57:10 PM
FelineMommy27: Drew needs to stop posting blogs about this so I can sneak in and steal the last post already.

You can have this thread when I'm done with it.
 
2010-11-04 03:57:39 PM
drew blog cafe. open 24/7. biatches.
 
2010-11-04 03:58:54 PM
daRog: ravenssettle: If anyone still cares about the original issue.

You think anyone cared originally?


Some people did.

Like one or two maybe.
 
2010-11-04 04:00:24 PM
I liked when Jon Stewart himself created an account just to come into this thread to tell Drew off.
 
2010-11-04 04:02:57 PM
Is whining about people whining about someone whining, like, uh, one of those...things?
 
2010-11-04 04:03:06 PM
ravenssettle: medius: ravenssettle: That one was about 5000 comments up.

but a lot of ass has come and gone in the meantime

A lot of great
DAT ass.

FTFY
 
2010-11-04 04:03:38 PM
medius: Is whining about people whining about someone whining, like, uh, one of those...things?

A palindrome, yes.
 
2010-11-04 04:03:46 PM
The Mad Fapper: DAT ass.

o~o
 
2010-11-04 04:04:23 PM
ravenssettle: Do blogs close?

Not if turtles are involved.
 
2010-11-04 04:04:54 PM
I should have signed up to get an email every time someone comments in this thread.
 
2010-11-04 04:05:42 PM
sxacho: palindrome

we need to get...

llamabutchers.mu.nu

Beyond Palindrome!
 
2010-11-04 04:05:56 PM
sxacho: I should have signed up to get an email every time someone comments in this thread.

You hate your inbox or something?
 
2010-11-04 04:07:06 PM
ravenssettle: sxacho: I should have signed up to get an email every time someone comments in this thread.

You hate your inbox or something?


No. I could just set them all as spam so I wouldn't get any of them.
 
2010-11-04 04:07:11 PM
daRog:
You can have this thread when I'm done with it.


Sorry, I don't go for sloppy seconds.
 
2010-11-04 04:07:16 PM
medius: sxacho: palindrome

we need to get...



Beyond Palindrome!


race car
 
2010-11-04 04:08:04 PM
imma repost my limerick in the new thread

...if i can find it again

i think it was just before the thread took a turn for the dick
 
2010-11-04 04:08:08 PM
Sigh.
 
2010-11-04 04:08:21 PM
Drew erd
 
2010-11-04 04:08:26 PM
We don't need another hero.
 
2010-11-04 04:10:19 PM
This thread started out with a dick.
 
2010-11-04 04:10:40 PM
i451.photobucket.com
 
2010-11-04 04:13:14 PM
Well folks, I gotta run, I will check in later and see hiw it's goin.

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>
 
2010-11-04 04:15:17 PM
Aie dios mio...
 
2010-11-04 04:15:36 PM
dat ass....
 
2010-11-04 04:17:34 PM
As long as I stay behind my desk, I think it'd be alright if I took my pants off.
 
2010-11-04 04:17:56 PM
All dat ass
 
2010-11-04 04:19:48 PM
I can't stop looking at that picture...
 
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