When Reddit CEO Yishan Wong announced that the crowd-sourced news site had raised $50 million, he called his financiers "patient, long-term investors who support our views on difficult issues." But less than two months later that patience seems to have run out and over a suspiciously simple dispute.
This weekend, the CEO of Reddit tried to defend r/TheFappening, a section of his website trafficking in illegally obtained nude photos of young female celebrities. His argument? "Every man is responsible for his own soul." Not long after, Reddit backtracked and shut the page down anyways. Perhaps it was out of concern for Reddit's upcoming A-list Silicon Valley investors?
Sheryl Sandberg didn't need to write an updated version of Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism about leaning in to the end of weekends. Tech workers have already internalized that message that there should be no distinction between work and life. Rather, spiritual fulfillment lies in "peak productivity."