Not So Deep Thoughts

Part V: Just Like Starting Over

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Posted by jkhutchins on May 11, 2010

I am not 100% sure that adding comments to newspaper articles was a really good idea.  Letters to the editor were traditionally culled to the most interesting because of space constraints.  Now, anyone with an axe to grind can get their viewpoint in, even if it isn’t really on topic.  For example, any given article on marriage will get some response about how fathers are completely victimized by the family court system.  Any article touching on politics will descend quickly into a Tea Party argument.

I read the comments because they can be entertaining and enlightening, but it is alarming to see how much bile exists.  Of course, it always have been the motivated who speak up, but the level of pure nastiness is unsettling.  On all sides of the spectrum.  Some people tend to be angrier than others, and in a predictable way, but it is not all on sided in the least.

However, in my perfect world, anyone mentioning “my website” or “my book that is all about this topic” would have their comments removed.  Just because it feels really tacky even if it is kind of appropriate.  People who post straight out ads would be banned.  Sadly, we do not live in a perfect world.  If we did, GvE would be available on DVD.

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2 Responses to “Article Comments”

  1. You know whose fault it is that we’re so politically divided? Those goddamn Republicans, that’s who!

    (I think you were just looking for an excuse to get the GvE plug in. ;))

  2. More of my thoughts on this topic can be found in my forthcoming book, “147 Kumquat Recipes.”

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