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This article was published on May 14, 2012

Louis C.K. says that sites like Facebook and Reddit are “hurting folks”

Louis C.K. says that sites like Facebook and Reddit are “hurting folks”
Brad McCarty
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Brad McCarty

A music and tech junkie who calls Nashville home, Brad is the Director TNW Academy. You can follow him on Twitter @BradMcCarty. A music and tech junkie who calls Nashville home, Brad is the Director TNW Academy. You can follow him on Twitter @BradMcCarty.

Comedian Louis C.K. has been a bit of an Internet darling, of late. His irreverent style is a hand-carved fit for Internet culture, and his in-your-face attitude has carried over to how he markets his work as well. Today the comedian is back on Reddit, doing an “Ask Me Anything” thread, and he has some interesting points to make.

It’s first worth noting that the comedian did a unique thing at the end of last year, putting up one of his specials online for a $5 price tag. The result? Over $1 million earned, and 1/4th of the proceeds donated to charity. It spawned TNW’s Alex Wilhelm to say that, perhaps, the new pricing model for the Internet was a simple “$5 and a PayPal account“.

Redditor dh96 asked Louis whether he had been returning to the site after his first AMA. Louis’ answer is probably more profound than he had intended:

“this is my second time here. I just have to much to do to roam around stuff like this. It seems like a great thing. I just can’t do it. I killed my facebook page years ago because time clicking around is just dead time. Your brain isn’t resting and it isn’t doing. I think people have to get their heads around this thing. All this unmitigated input is hurting folks. My opinion.”

It really shouldn’t come as a surprise that he feels this way. After all, we’re talking about the guy who hates Twitter and, as of today, still follows no one on the service.

Perhaps Redditor huitlacoche said it best:

“Louis CK: Insults reddit while using reddit, gets upvoted by reddit.”

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