Sunday, October 27, 2013
Comments - How Long Before They're Totally Gone?
A UK newspaper website running an article about Philip Chism allegedly murdering math teacher Colleen Ritzer closed comments immediately after this one was filed: "Obama sure has a lot of sons out there. Charge him as an adult. Life no parole."
The UK Daily Mail had let stand (and it is still onsite, via the screenshot here)
By the way, those "callous" and "insensitive" comments cut across racial and ethnic lines. Remember when Barack Obama said “There are very few African American men who haven't had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors.”
A black gentleman responded to that later after the young white college student (don't remember that do ya?) was shot in broad daylight by three black kids ---- hmmm, where was that? --- ohhh, here! Only a few months ago, and the media has let us forget.
Anyway, I digress... the site comment was framed something like “Now the man I am sorry I voted for knows why people lock their car doors when he passes by.” Something like that. Many who comment on crime stories involving black-on-white and even black-on-black crime point out that Al Sharpton and other race-chasers never get involved when there is a true community need. the sad truth is, people of questionable character and less than honorable intentions exist in every segment of society, within every race and demographic. They blend in with the rest of us.
COMMENTS ON THIS WCBS STORY ARE SO VILE, I CANNOT REPRODUCE THEM. CLICK HERE TO VIEW AS LONG THEY ARE ALLOWED TO REMAIN... and this goes on and on across mainstream sites.
So I betcha the closing of comment sections FOREVER is high on the list of "to-do" --- but wait --- the papers also know the more edgy comments they get, the more READERS they will have, the more CLICKS they can report to advertsiers. We have one newspaper in New York that actually has a couple of staffers "pepper" local stories with comments to "prime the pump.!"
READ MORE ABOUT WHY NEWSPAPERS ARE FAILING HERE! ::: AND HERE!
Comments aren't restricted to race: This morning WCBS reports "Six people were stabbed at a house in Brooklyn on Saturday night. Five were killed and another was in critical condition early Sunday morning." to which a commenter proclaimed "Hopefully none were taxpayers." The mainstream media website comments dilemma finds itself where bloggers were back about 4 or 5 years ago.
Lately I don't worry about comments at all: Google G+ and facebook police the trash and keep it out. Anyone and everyone is welcome to comment, and I make it easy. Some blogs and websites allow folks to "register" so that once their first comment is approved, subsequent comments are routed past any filters or human intervention. Excuse me, but why would you want to give anybody the freedom to post ANYTHING in your blog or website comments without your approval?