Have Comment Sections on News Media Websites Failed?
Marlene Breverman stashed this in Opinions
Get Rid of Them
Jamilah Lemieux JAMILAH LEMIEUX, SENIOR EDITOR, EBONY
Reader Engagement Matters, in All Its Different Forms
Samhita Mukhopadhyay SAMHITA MUKHOPADHYAY, EDITOR, MIC
Anonymity May Have Killed Online Commenting
Christopher Wolf CHRISTOPHER WOLF, CO-AUTHOR, "VIRAL HATE"
Despite Flaws, Comments Are Good for Public Discourse
Eun-Ju Lee EUN-JU LEE, EDITOR, HUMAN COMMUNICATION RESEARCH
The occasional great comment makes up for all the bad comments, spammers, and trolls.
I wonder how many meaningful comments (points of view, etc.) are obscured because of the childish, derogatory words expressing them. Sifting through garbage.
Probably a lot of insight is compromised by inability to communicate.
On the positive side, insights and ideas could be picked up by the people who gravitate to the 'garbage' read. They purposely ignore more polite, mainstream reading. Market to the demographic.
People who can sift through comments for the gems are very valuable people.