Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Wednesday July 22, 2015

Limits at Gawker? Rules at Reddit? Wild West Web Turns A Page

It looks like all the commotion on the internet lately seems to be freaking people out.

More to the point, both were products of the Internet’s freewheeling ethos. And both have amply shown what happens when this ethos is taken to its logical extreme, whether it is Redditors’ posting of revenge porn on the site’s message boards or Gawker’s humiliating a relatively unknown media executive. It is one thing to engage in this sort of behavior when you are focused mainly on enlarging your audience or user base. But the calculus changes when you start worrying about alienating advertisers, too.