Reddit, the social link-sharing website that hit the web back in 2005 and has since become one of the most influential sites in the viral spread of images, videos, links and more, recently made it into the mainstream news following Gawker’s Adrian Chen’s exposure of one of the site’s most controversial users—Michael Brutsch, aka violentacrez. The story had a lot of folks out there asking, “what the heck is Reddit?” PandoDaily clears this up with an epic rap video (yes, we said rap video) that explains the history of Reddit and how the violentacrez incident fits in.
The video, which was written and filmed by Explainer Music and edited by Craig Newton, takes a look at when the site started, how it’s divided up and what can be found there, who uses the site (including President Obama), and how the Michael Brutsch scandal unfolded.
Check out the awesome video, followed by the lyrics below and let us know what you think!
Reddit started in 2005
As a place to share the images and stories you like
Others get to comment on and rate your posts
You’ll be on the frontpage with enough upvotes
The site’s divided into what’s called subreddits
Movies, sports, technology, and politics
There are many more on all types of things
From My Little Pony to spacedicks
By 2006 they’d made a big splash
And were bought by the publisher Conde Nast
Now that Reddit and New Yorker are on the same team
They shouldn’t have subreddits with barely-clothed teens
So jailbait was banned because it got bad press
Now everyone’s on reddit even Mr. President
But just when it was on an unstoppable roll
Gawker exposed its most infamous troll
Michael Brutsch, always courting scandal
A peddler of porn and gore who hid behind a handle
When Gawker exposed his identity
Many subreddits banned them, how’s that for free speech?
Reddit wants to protect identities
But today, who expects anonymity?
It makes you wonder what it takes to get banned
If we post this song, will they remove us for spam?
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video expert here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.