1st Edition

Understanding Reddit

By Elliot T. Panek Copyright 2022
    132 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    132 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book offers a comprehensive scholarly overview of Reddit, one of the most popular and least studied social platforms of the early 21st century.

    The book inspires new ways of thinking about Reddit, considering it from multiple perspectives: through a historical lens, as a site where identity is forged, as a democracy, as a community, and as a news aggregator and distributor. By bringing theories from computer-mediated communication, communication studies, and sociology to bear on original, large-scale observational analyses of Reddit’s communities, this book provides a uniquely comprehensive overview of the platform’s first 15 years. Understanding Reddit will help us make sense of how rapidly growing communities function in an era of mass online anonymity.

    Serving both as a primer on how social behavior on Reddit plays out, and as a way of locating it within multiple theoretical traditions, the book will offer important insights to scholars and students in the disciplines of communication, media studies, information science, internet and emerging media studies, and sociology.

    Chapter 1: What is Reddit?

    Chapter 2: The Evolutions of Reddit

    Chapter 3: Reddit in Context

    Chapter 4: Identity on Reddit

    Chapter 5: Reddit and Democracy

    Chapter 6: Reddit as Community

    Chapter 7: Reddit and Journalism

    Chapter 8: Reddit as a Place


    Elliot Panek studies the uses and effects of digital media from sociological and psychological perspectives. He has published research on the social dynamics of online communities, media addiction, and media use and political polarization. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Alabama.