If Reddit went offline tomorrow, you would see immediate ripples across the Internet.
First, and perhaps least importantly, traffic to porn sites would plummet.
Later, major news, entertainment and e-commerce sites, including YouTube and Amazon, would feel a notable, if not debilitating, hit.
And then, concur a dozen Reddit power-users, academics and social media experts interviewed by The Washington Post, life would go on as normal across the Internet.
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To be clear, no one actually expects the Internet's "front page," and its 35th most popular website, to shut down - not now, anyway. But in the wake of Reddit's latest and most traumatic bout of internal drama, several pundits have found themselves pondering the hypothetical worst case: one in which the tensions between Reddit's leadership and its user base topple the site, entirely.