Come on. Whatever your politics, you have to admit that President Obama jumping into an AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) on Reddit was pretty cool. The President hung out for half an hour, answering questions from how he feels about Internet freedom (above) to his intentions for space exploration (it’s a priority, apparently.) Ok, so it wasn’t exactly front page stuff, but at least Obama has *heard of* Reddit. I confess too that I rather cruelly enjoyed the Redditors correcting the President’s grammar (to his ‘a asteroid’ s0crates82 quickly corrected him, “*an* asteroid, Mr President.” And some of the Twitterati commentary was equally sharp and insightful. A few favorites:
David Steven: Recommended to a British politician he do a reddit AMA a few years back. He looked as if I’d suggested he crapped live on breakfast TV.
Tim Maly: President makes new media appearance is a story. “We have seen your subculture and recognise it” is a core narrative.
Graham Linehan: Such a brilliant move by Obama and his people. Aligning himself with Reddit while the GOP travels further and further back in time.
Umair Haque: Forgive me for suggesting it, but internet chat is not a substitute for a working civil society, much less a democracy.