Reddit 3016 Perfectly Captures the Dumb Things We'll Care About in 1000 Years

Monday, 29 February 2016 - 2:45PM
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Monday, 29 February 2016 - 2:45PM
Reddit 3016 Perfectly Captures the Dumb Things We'll Care About in 1000 Years
Reddit may be an idiosyncratic, self-selecting community, but it's still a pretty good barometer of the public conversation of the day. Now, a prolific Redditor has created an amazing satirical art project called Reddit 3016, which demonstrates that in 1,000 years, we'll all care about variations of the same dumb sh*t.

Reddit 3016

Reddit 3016, a daily updating art project made by Blair Erickson over the course of four years, gives us a glimpse into what the front page of Reddit will look like in a millennium. All of the links are real, as Erickson, who is the CEO of software and VFX company Jamwix and the former moderator of /r/futurology, has written articles for the Huffington Planet, created images in Hologur, and uploaded videos to MindTube, among other things. He created an entire futuristic Internet while we weren't looking, in service of illustrating the universal, timeless themes surrounding information with public interest.

Opening quote
"If you read graffiti in Roman bath houses you see human beings make... the same silly things even thousands of years in the past," Erickson told Gizmodo. "Who's sleeping with who. What kind of foreigners disturb their xenophobic feelings. Who's a badass. What they like, what they hate. Who is a liar in politics, etc. So I wanted to play it out in a fun futuristic way."
Closing quote

You'd think that a website as basic, stripped-down, and ugly as Reddit wouldn't exist in 1,000 years (although, to be fair, I wouldn't expect it to exist today), but otherwise these predictions about the future of the internet seem pretty apt. We'll still find drunken antics way too funny, we'll still want to #holoflixandchill, and we'll still care way too much about what's canon in our favorite franchises, even after the Bible has been widely accepted as a work fiction:

Opening quote
"Holoflix acquires rights to The Bible. Promises 3 new chapters next cycle. Everything after Mormonism no longer canon. Boba Fett crossover in works."
Closing quote

Unfortunately, Reddit didn't find the joke as funny as we did. According to Erickson, the page reached the top of Reddit briefly, and then was systematically taken down by the moderators. So, true to the spirit of Reddit, the top post of Reddit 3016 is a TIL that criticizes Reddit mods:

Opening quote
"TIL by the year 2016 reddit had become so corrupt as a community, even a satirical spoof looking 1,000 years into reddits future was completely censored and banned from the entire site without explanation."
Closing quote

Well, that's awkward.
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