In the early morning, as professional media scrambled to cover the movie theater shooting in Aurora, CO, the most comprehensive and up-to-date source of information wasn't a news site or a TV station. It was a series of posts on Reddit, the social news site, written by a user named "integ3r."
But the particular utility of Reddit is a new, powerful development. Reddit, despite no central controlling mechanism or formal editorial structure, was able to provide citizens with information about the shooting in a way that traditional news organizations could not — in fact, it informed the media's coverage. Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian told BuzzFeed FWD, "it comes down to the mechanism that powers the front page and the comments alike. That algorithm (we're open source - it's public! - I'm shocked no one copies it) that [we] engineered."
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