Commenting, online “debate”, “news”
Saw this a couple of days ago over on Hot Air’s headlines. Finally got around to reading it to see if it was as idiotic as I imagined. It was.
It’s all about how allowing comments on news stories is a horrible thing. It distorts readers’ opinions of the article. While that may be somewhat true, the main problem is not with comments. The problem is with journalists who wouldn’t know impartiality if it bit them in the persqueeter.
If you want to be depressed about the state of humanity, read a comment section of pretty much any website that deals with current events. If you want to find someone who validates your reaction to an article, read a comment section. If you want to find someone who validates the echo chamber you choose to live in, read a comment section. If you want to be informed skip the comment section and hit a search engine to look up more than just one site that has an article about the event in question. And look for the source attribution – so many sites simply use what the AP or Reuters puts out that you are quite likely to get the same slant to the article in many locations.
If you want to read a “just the facts, ma’am” article about current events, well, good luck. Let me know when you find some journalist who does this because I’d love to read their stuff. Otherwise, someone needs to come up with a program that you can run articles through and have it remove all emotionally charged words and judgemental phrasing, then you can read the two sentences that remain.
Once “journalists” can write just news stories while using competent English skills then they can bitch about the comment sections ruining their “work.”