Erik Martin on managing the 'Front Page of the Internet'


One of the Internet's main viral-enablers: A website where user-democracy votes up, and down, pictures, comments, and videos. Today meet the man who oversees Reddit, the hugely popular, widely influential and highly controversial online community that is often called "The Front Page of the Internet." Erik Martin tells us about his desire for a free and open internet.

When something goes viral on the internet, chances are it gained some of that virility on Reddit. It's one of the most democratic places in cyberspace, and would seem to confirm what a former U.S. Secretary of State once said: "Democracy is messy."

In February, guest host Mike Finnerty spoke with the man who oversees Reddit, Erik Martin, about what -- if anything -- should be out of bounds on the Internet.

Update: Since that conversation first aired, Erik Martin has been in the news. In April, he issued a public apology after Reddit readers attempted to crowdsearch pictures from the Boston Marathon to identify the bombers who attacked the race. Innocent people were wrongly fingered and Martin said the search became a witch-hunt.

This segment was produced by The Current's Shannon Higgins.

Last Word: Beatbox artist Tom Thum

We've been talking today about Reddit, the website that's often responsible for forcing oddball things into your reality, whether you're willing or not. It often does find some gems.

One of the top voted videos this week features Tom Thum. He's an Australian beatbox artist who makes astonishing sounds. Tom Thum got today's Last Word. At least, they're something like words.

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