Examining Sensationalism in Modern Forums
www.reddit.com, more commonly referred to by it's url reddit, is a bulletin board style community which offers a home to a wide range of topics which cover every subject from Global Events all the way to the most comforting styles of consuming an alcoholic beverage while simultaneously cleaning oneself. But despite the obvious appeal of developing an entire research project on the most optimal way to become intoxicated while getting shampoo in my eyes, I was more interested in the inner workings of the community and the users, from here on referred to as "redditor(s)", and I was determined to see how this internet community decided to enforce (or dismiss) journalistic principles, moral standards, and ethnocentrism. Reddit was examined as a news source in and of itself and I examined each post as if it was a front page story of a newspaper-written with the goal of causing someone to want to read it.
“Rabbit's clever," said Pooh thoughtfully.
"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit's clever."
"And he has Brain."
"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit has Brain."
There was a long silence.
"I suppose," said Pooh, "that that's why he never understands anything.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
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