On-Line “Nastiness” threatens Reader Comments.

Online anger
November08/ 2015

Mainstream Media on-line platforms with “reader comment” boards are seeing “Nastiness” reach intolerable levels.   Many are discontinuing their “reader comment” options.  DUH!   Who (didn’t) see this coming?

NOTE:  We have never had this problem here and never will.   Over ten years and muti-1,000s of reader comments, we have had to zap less than 5 comments.  We NEVER “edit” any comment as “68’s” novellas testify.  Of course, we attract and cater to a higher species of reader.   The goggle-eyed mouth-breathers go elsewhere.

You will note in the following article that these “mainstean media outlets” tend to use “crazy right-wingers” as their examples of “nasty”.   Commenters who agree with the media outlet highly partisan POV are just fine regardless of their language.   Their readers can defile any Not-a-liberal candidate, official, reader and/or their families with any eipthets and obscenity.  “It’s those GDMF right-wingers that are the problem”.

Locally Jim Goodmon’s WRAL.com is especially notorious for this “us versus them” stunt.  McClatchty newspapers are no different.

On-line “jackassity” is absolutely non-partisan.  A pox on Cretins of all ilks.



Nastiness threatens online reader comments


Washington (AFP) – The Internet was supposed to facilitate better exchange between the public and news media. But vile and hateful comments changed all that.

In the face of rising vitriol — attacks, bigotry and general nastiness — news organizations are increasingly throwing in the towel on online comments.

Last month, Vice Media’s Motherboard news site turned off reader comments, saying “the scorched earth nature of comments sections just stifles real conversation.”

It instead began taking “letters to the editor” to be screened by staff.

Vox Media’s online news site The Verge said in July it was “turning off comments for a bit,” noting that the tone was “getting a little too aggressive and negative.”

Blogging platform Medium this past week allowed its users to hide reader comments, acknowledging that “sometimes you may not want to get in a discussion.”

The Chicago Sun-Times, The Daily Beast, news website Re/code, the millennial-focused news site Mic and Popular Science also have shut off comments.

And Vox.com launched last year without them, saying that “flame wars” turned readers off.

“Newsrooms are really struggling with this,” said Jennifer Stromer-Galley, a professor of information studies at Syracuse University.




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4 years ago

WRAL disallowed me after 2-3 weeks of civil posts they didnt agree with…a supreme example of ‘lieberal
intolerance’ … WRAL is lucky I even see their crap now only by accident … Rawliegh is ‘eat up’ with these kind of evil people, ALL democrackkks.

4 years ago

I once left a snarky comment, aimed at a lazy writing job of the reporter, on the website of the Grand Rapids newspaper (an Advance publication, same folks that own the New Yorker). In response, the writer of that article edited my comment to read something about my not wearing pants and hinting what I was really doing while writing instead of thinking. I demanded an apology and a scalp. I got the apology, but I hear that the offending “journalist” was only trimmed. So it goes both ways. Somethings the comments just get under the skin of the journalist,… Read more »

4 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

Perhaps a first step tho is to actually publish stuff that doesn’t have obvious problems? For instance, if you’re gonna cite a study / survey / article, how about a link to it? (This Internet thing is about 20 year old now, it’s not “new”). How about basic grammar checking? I realize that the feedback can be painful, but the product is now sooo sloppy.

BTW, I don’t understand McClatchy either. Their DC office puts out perfectly reasonable stuff. Something happens tho when the corp gets to NC….

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