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In the early days of the Internet, there was hope that the unprecedented tool for global communication would lead to thoughtful sharing and discussion on its most popular sites.
A decade and a half later, the very idea is laughable, says Gawker Media founder Nick Denton.
"It didn't happen," said Denton, whose properties include the blogs Gawker, Jezebel, Gizmodo, io9 and Lifehacker. "It's a promise that has so not happened that people don't even have that ambition anymore.
"The idea of capturing the intelligence of the readership -- that's a joke."
Denton was speaking at South by Southwest Interactive, the annual festival here devoted to Web and digital culture.
He said that commenting on his own sites (which he's seen make reporters cry) has gotten so bad that he doesn't engage.
"I don't like going into the comments. ... For every two comments that are interesting -- even if they're critical, you want to engage with them -- there will be eight that are off-topic or just toxic," he said.
And as sites get more popular, it's harder to control the comments, which inevitably get nastier.
Originally posted by KillerQueen
reply to post by imherejusttoread
I'm sorry, but that argument is just specious. The point is on-line discussion. How can that happen without reading the replies? How else do you know something is absurd or hateful unless you read it? Unfortunately you can read through pages and pages of ridiculous and juvenile comments to get to one quality post.
Originally posted by RealSpoke
Youtube comments are the lowest forms of human communication
Originally posted by stewiegriffin
Many sites may have become a lot more casual.
I joke sometimes but other times I am serious. If there are posts that are too silly I just ignore the post.
When did the world become so serious?
By telling a person they can't make a comment even if it's sarcastic or silly is censorship in my mind.