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This Howard High School Grad Co-founded Reddit and Became “the Mayor of the Internet”

via Forbes
via Forbes

I don’t know about you, but when I first heard about the website Reddit I was like, “Huh? I don’t get it.” (Which was also my initial reaction to Twitter and Facebook; in hindsight, I should have taken my own bewilderment as proof that the thing was going to blow up.)

And now here it is owning the Internet: getting the most famous and interesting people on the planet to participate in uncensored Q-and-As, popularizing the world’s most crucial GIFs, and providing a venue for irresponsible, and incorrect, speculation about the identities of bombing suspects.

It may surprise you to learn that the site was co-founded by Columbia native and Howard High School alum Alexis Ohanian, the subject of a great profile by the Baltimore Sun.

Apparently, at graduation Ohanian imagined a future as a doctor, scientist, or lawyer. It was happenstance that led him to being included in the development of the website that has become “the front page of the Internet.”

Where Do Maryland’s Elected Officials Stand on SOPA/PIPA?


With the protest “blackouts” of many major websites like Wikipedia, BoingBoing, WordPress, and Mozilla yesterday — Google “blacked out” their logo, but remained open — two pieces of legislation, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), were made instantly famous.

SOPA and PIPA, currently in the House and Senate, respectively, are anti-copyright infringement measures that have entertainment and technology companies divided. On the tech side, Wikipedia editors claim the bills’ use of censorship “could fatally damage the free and open Internet.” The MPAA (which, along with the RIAA and most major television networks, supports the bill) accuses the blacked-out sites of “intentionally skew[ing] the facts…to further their corporate interests.”

Of Maryland’s eight representatives and two senators only Sen. Ben Cardin has taken a position on the sister bills, and it’s something short of a full retreat. Cardin, a cosponsor of PIPA, stated in a recent press release that “there are real concerns still to be addressed,” and he would not vote in favor of PIPA “as currently written.” But he has not completely abandoned the piece of legislation and is instead on the lookout for “meaningful amendments” to it.

Congresspeople, on the whole, receive much more money from organizations that support these bills than those that don’t, and Maryland’s elected officials are no exception. On the other hand, popular opinion seems to be turning swiftly away from these bills. We’ll see which way the wind blows.