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> Generally, he is disliked by a large portion of reddit.

Huh? 98.1% of users don't post [0]. The user mentioned in the article has the most points of anyone, meaning their posts have the most votes. That doesn't indicate dislike. Quite the opposite, actually.

Was there a poll about this user to gauge sentiment?

[0]https://www.reddit.com/r/dataisbeautiful/comments/b5f9wi/let...






That's an incredibly naive perspective on media to take.

If national news stations get high ratings does that mean people necessarily like the people generating or publishing the content? Is it impossible for a medium to generate interest and attention while actively attempting to exploit or manipulate its viewers?

Most users do not notice the poster at all when upvoting a thread. Notice the top level thread [0] here talking about Reddit Enhancement Suite and the epiphany that comes with monitoring which accounts one is passively upvoting.

[0]: https://news.ycombinator.com/reply?id=23258721&goto=item%3Fi...


>If national news stations get high ratings does that mean people necessarily like the people generating or publishing the content?

I think national news stations are not an apt comparison, since they have faces. This user, for all intents and purposes, exists only in text and non-personal image posts. For that reason -- the lack of "personal connection" that voice and face provide -- upvotes are reasonable proxy for "like" and "approval".

I contend that people don't "dislike" this user specifically, but actually "dislike" the idea that the content they are consuming comes not from many original minds, but a few minds copying the same content over and over. As I pointed out in my original comment, this is the entire platform! What people dislike is not the user, but the entire system.

In that regard, it is possible for a medium to generate interest and attention while actively attempting to exploit or manipulate its viewers, because that's what Reddit does. It's a classic attention merchant.


My interpretation of that posters argument is that someone who posts as much as this reddit user can’t be putting much effort into finding these links. That means there’s more lowest-common-denominator type content that people look at very quickly, upvote, and move on. That type of thing pushes out interesting discussion style posts, which is something that happens in every subreddit that gets large enough. Not sure what the solution is.

His point about “most” users disliking it is questionable, and might be misconstruing the thoughts of a vocal minority, but I think there’s some merit to an anti-hedonistic mindset when it comes to reddit style content posting.




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