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AITA? How a Reddit forum posed the defining question of our age AITA, the Reddit forum where the ethical dilemmas of sandwich eating – among other things – can be thrashed out. Illustration: Guardian Design/Christophe Gowans Every day, people leave their quandaries on the Reddit website – asking others to judge whether they were in the wrong.Is Aita a moral code?
Verdict by verdict, AITA is in effect crowdsourcing a moral code – perhaps in the absence of any other. In the past, Gordon-Smith says, societies have looked to religion or science for an ethical framework; in a modern world in which both are challenged, our sense of right and wrong has become “untethered”.What is Aita's verdict on Reddit?
On Reddit, AITA reaches its verdict based on which response receives the most votes: YTA or NTA. Alan’s was delivered in more than 3,200 comments: YTA. The AITA forum also has “middle areas where ‘everybody sucks’ or ‘nobody sucks’ – which are tragically underutilised in my opinion,” says Elizabeth, one of a global group of about 30 moderators.Can Aita help you live a better life?
Of course, if you’re looking for help to live a better life, AITA is just one of many options. Advice columnists, for example, have mushroomed in popularity in the past 10 years – along with the range of problems they tackle.