Liz Gannes

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Enough’s Enough With the Swing States: Obama Calls on His Reddit Base

In these last few hours of Election Day, Barack Obama took the time to address the most important constituency in the world, at least to themselves: Reddit users. This afternoon the sitting president returned to the popular discussion site — which he melted down with traffic in August by dropping in for an interview — to post a note urging people to vote.

Here’s the full text, posted by the commmander-in-chief or one of his minions from the official “PresidentObama” account under the header “Reddit, this is important”:

I want to thank you all again for the reception you gave me in August for my AMA. Good questions. Definitely not bad.

I’m checking in because polls will start closing in this election in just a few hours, and I need you to vote.

Millions of Americans have stepped up in support of this campaign over the last 19 months, and today we decide what the next four years look like — but only if we show up.

I ask that you go out there and cast your vote, whatever your political persuasion.

You can confirm your polling location here:

If you’ve voted already, don’t stop there — spread the word to your friends, roommates, and neighbors. Think of it as upvoting.

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work