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originally posted by: KansasGirl
a reply to: loveguy
I hear you. But one way to look at it is that now that paper is requiring a person to at least compose their thoughts enough to write it down in an organized and coherent manner if they want to contribute to the discourse. This is how it worked in the olden days, pre-Internet, when newspapers were an actual semi-trustworthy source of news.
Nowadays, anyone can mosy up to a site, drop a few words in the comment section, and bounce. Most folks don't even type complete words.
Maybe they figure that if someone takes the time to actually compose their thoughts on an issue and send them in, they might get more quality discourse?
We can always hope, anyway....
how many people are writing your local online papers airing grievances about comments being disabled?
originally posted by: loveguy
so the local paper in my area has an online version as well. I like to comment on topics that matter to me, and there are times I like to pitch curveballs. curveballs; things that make one go 'hmmm?'.
nonetheless, I like to read my own comments because I like what I have to say and like to find people who agree for the most part with what I say. I even like it when someone teaches me something.
most recently my local online paper decided to eliminate that option for it's readers. No place for reader's comments anymore. I'd have to write to the editor with my own opinion piece to address a topic I wanted to comment on...like disabling comments. how many people are writing your local online papers airing grievances about comments being disabled? So now I won't be heard calling bs on a local level unless I put my face out there and look like the idiot the fiddler plays me for...
"dudes got roid-rage watch out!" i'd hear as I enter the theater and approach the podium?
if you've encountered some of my more off the wall- coming from outer space perspective-I tend to throw curveballs while making my point much of the time. I know I make an ass of myself- i kinda do it on purpose-
I do that because it's for one thing, fun. But what I really want to do is be myself in my own skin. I want my neighbors to wave hello to me. I want alot of things, but I'd give all my wants in place to have a voice.
should I go and make myself into a walking signage along the roadway so that people can throw their cans of spinach at me? I do prefer Brussel-sprouts if you happen to see me...
originally posted by: schuyler
Yes, a few have. I don't blame them. Anonymous posters create havoc and make civilized discussion all but impossible. Newspapers are privately owned (just like ATS.) Your "First Amendment Rights" are NOT being violated because the first amendment enjoins Congress, and only Congress, from infringing on you rights of speech in a public forum, and ONLY in a public forum. So if you want to yell and scream and shout, go to a public park and do so. The fact that places like newspaper comment sections and places like ATS are called "forums" is really irrelevant to the issue.