It took me a while to get into Reddit. I didn't care for most of the articles making the front page, and I sorta disliked the general format of the website. Eventually, I registered a user name and discovered that I can customize my homepage so that it only shows me certain topics. Once I did this I was in love. I ditched every other news site I used to go to and started to only use Reddit. However, after using it for a while, Reddit started to show its ugly side.
First off, trying to get good political news on Reddit is a nightmare. The problem is that the community on Reddit is extremely sensationalist. Everything that happens in the world is a direct attack on their sensibilities. "OMG Obama is compromising with the GOP?!?! I guess I'm never voting for him again! I'd rather the GOP win! I've lost all faith in everything!!" Seriously, most of Reddit needs to calm the fuck down. Secondly, Reddit gets into these political fads where thats all they talk about for a long time. The past two weeks have been entirely Wikileaks based, ignoring every other piece of news out there. Before that was all about the TSA and the Full Body Scanners, and before that Prop 19. I generally agree with their sentiment on these issues, but seriously sometimes the front page of Reddit looks like this:
|Yeah we get it already.|
r/magictcg, r/vegan, r/malefashionadvice, r/space, r/cogsci, r/japan, r/losangeles, r/space, r/archaeology, and r/nootropics. These are easily the best thing about Reddit, and you can tailor your main page so that only these specific things show up.
TL;DR: Reddit is an awesome news aggregate if you tailor it for yourself. Otherwise you'll have to sift through a bunch of chaff in order to get to real and interesting news stories. The community is exactly what you'd expect from an internet community.