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Digital food for thought: Reddit, co-founded by Alexis Ohanian (above) and purchased by Advance Publications in 2006, is doing boffo these days, becoming one of the most influential sites on the internet and even scoring President Obama for an “Ask Me Anything” event last week. What’s their secret? Well, Advance just let the company do its thing, taking a hands-off approach and letting it grow without heavy corporate influence. Advance is not doing this with all of its properties — its newspaper publications, for example, have been targeted for cutbacks in recent months, most notably the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Our thinking-aloud question here: What if Advance Publications somehow could figure out a way to treat its newspapers more like Reddit — to give them the freedom to do what they do without heavy corporate influence? That’s what this David Carr article got us thinking about. (photo by Ross Mantle/The New York Times)

Digital food for thought: Reddit, co-founded by Alexis Ohanian (above) and purchased by Advance Publications in 2006, is doing boffo these days, becoming one of the most influential sites on the internet and even scoring President Obama for an “Ask Me Anything” event last week. What’s their secret? Well, Advance just let the company do its thing, taking a hands-off approach and letting it grow without heavy corporate influence. Advance is not doing this with all of its properties — its newspaper publications, for example, have been targeted for cutbacks in recent months, most notably the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Our thinking-aloud question here: What if Advance Publications somehow could figure out a way to treat its newspapers more like Reddit — to give them the freedom to do what they do without heavy corporate influence? That’s what this David Carr article got us thinking about. (photo by Ross Mantle/The New York Times)

September 3, 2012 // 1:04 // 1 year ago
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