On Wednesday, Hulu's Ben Collins reached out to the Reddit community with an interesting offer. The assistant editor at the popular streaming video website wanted Reddit, a social news aggregation site that attracts more than one billion pageviews every month, to select what video to showcase on Hulu's homepage today.
"A lot of us at Hulu are longtime redditors. As such, we've done some very reddit things, like comment on threads about hipsters doing some straight up reprehensible things with a can of Spaghettios in the name of modern art," Collins wrote. "It has also helped up figure out what we like about the Internet and, yep, the world. We're grateful for that. So. We have an idea. reddit, do you want to guest edit a part of our homepage for a day?"
Over the course of two days, Reddit's users voted more than 5,000 times to feature Carl Sagan's Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. A 13-part television series that aired on PBS in 1980, Cosmos was the most widely watched series in the history of American public television until it was unseated by The Civil War in 1990. It is still one of the most widely watched PBS series in the world. Broadcast in over 60 countries, Cosmos has been seen by at least 500 million people.
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