The @Forbes interview in which I speculate Thomas Paine would've been "T_Paine" on @reddit

Since Ohanian is a graduate of UVA, he jokingly claims a direct line to Thomas Jefferson. “I have a feeling the founding fathers would give a big look of disapproval at the effect of lobbying dollars on our elected officials,” he says.

Speaking of the founding fathers, I ask him what he thinks they would have thought of Reddit.

“A bastion of free speech on the World Wide Web? I bet they would like it,” he replies. It’s the digital form of political pamplets.

“Yes, with much wider distribution and without the inky fingers,” he says. “I would love to imagine that Common Sense would have been a self-post on Reddit, by Thomas Paine, or actually a Redditor named T_Paine.”

NY Tech Meetup Hosts Protest Against Sopa @Portfolio

“How many of you are working at companies that are hiring?” asked Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian of the crowd of an estimated 2,000 protestors who gathered outside the midtown Manhattan offices of Chuck Schumer and Katherine Gillibrand to protest their sponsorship the Protect IP Addresses Act (PIPA), the Senate's version of SOPA.

Hundreds of hands went up in the air, many belonging to employees at tech companies and startups throughout the New York area as well, presumably as entrepreneurs launching new businesses.

“Look at all the companies America that are looking to hire Americans right now!” continued Ohanian. “Sign up for Codecademy, learn how to program, this industry is hiring, it is innovating, and it is doing things to get this economy and America going again. And yet we have legislation that is threatening to stop it.”

"We're fighting against the wholesale destruction of the Internet"

"We're fighting against the wholesale destruction of the Internet," Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian told a crowd of perhaps 1,000 people gathered in front of the midtown Manhattan offices of Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrats who are co-sponsors of the Senate legislation. The crowd, organized by the New York Tech Meetup, also heard from Electronic Frontier Foundation co-founder John Perry Barlow, Internet thinker Clay Shirky, Tumblr vice president and former White House policy hand Andrew McLaughlin, venture capitalist Brad Burnham, Demand Progress founder Aaron Swartz, "Filter Bubble" author and board president Eli Pariser, and Personal Democracy Media founder Andrew Rasiej.

Thanks for keeping the press coming! The fight isn't over, friends.