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.”