Maybe reddit is exactly what the front page of the internet is.
Reddit is exactly what the front page of the Internet wants to be.
You leave thousands of people on their own with barely any guidelines, this is what you get - in any community. Sure, Reddit's condition is exacerbated with the anonymity that Internet grants, but without personal responsibility - like that existing in small groups, like Hubski - you don't get to wield power without negative repercussions, like lowering of the cultural par. People digress when they have nothing to keep them going; it's true for personal progress as much as for social communications.
So, no, Reddit isn't the problem. It's a tool of communication, a mold, not unlike Hubski. The problem, like most of the time, is in the people using it.