Where the hell do they come from?
And why do I think Clarinet Boy is so dang funny?
A whole lot of them start on reddit. You know that, right? Reddit is 4chan’s respectable grandson. And no, I will NOT link to 4chan. That would shut us down in three seconds flat.
There are several iPhone apps for reddit-reading, but two stand out:
This is the official app, and it’s free. Good way to get acquainted with the site, and browse it quickly. Offers several standard “sub-reddits”, or specialty pages, or you can peruse any sub-reddit that you wish, if you know the name. Can save to Instapaper or email links. Also, a nifty “serendipity” feature, where you shake your iPhone for a random post.
This app has a free and paid version. Comes with a large, eclectic, standard list of sub-reddits, and again, you can add your own favorites. If you find something shareable in Alien Blue you can copy, send to Twitter, sms, email, Evernote, Facebook, Pocket, Instapaper, Tumblr…you get the idea. Create filters to keep out Reddit contributors you find–less than savory. The font and color is also adjustable.
Reddit contributors vary in age. Most contributors seem to be in their twenties or so, but teens read Reddit for the AMAs, (“Ask Me Anything”–no-holds-barred Q&As of all kinds of people, from victims at the Batman shooting to movie stars to, just last night, Obama) memes and funny pics. And they read Reddit for other things–but I’ll let you figure that out.