In the course of reading about media (or, honestly, just reading my Facebook feed), I’ve seen a lot of great comments about online comments and I’ve collected some of my favorites here.
- The level of discourse has become so inane and nasty. And it’s not just at the Times, it’s ESPN, everywhere – people, anonymous people, take shots at the story, writers, each other. Whatever you’ve achieved in that story gets drowned out by this chorus of idiots.
- …most of the best discussion takes place off publishers’ sites, on Twitter, Facebook and in private emails. This is a reality that won’t be fully addressed in 2013, if ever.
- …the most useful feedback I receive from readers is via email and phone calls. It allows us to have a conversation and both come to a place where we better understand each other’s position and learn something from each other. Typically, when I try to respond in the comment section, it just leads to further attacks – not a conversation.
- Thanks for writing; your check is in the mail, and oh—have fun getting senselessly torn apart in the comments. No, there’s nothing we can do about it—it’s 2.0!
- The article didn’t say whether he was republican or democrat. I don’t know if I should be humble or snarky.
- The blog world has become accustomed to the participation of those for whom anonymity provides courage, that is those who find the blog an instrument of vituperation, anger, and bitter ad hominem revenge on the world. No one has yet devised a proper method of shunting anger into a more productive project.