posted on Sep, 30 2013 @ 01:02 PM
In the majority of the comments sections and in the majority of comments themselves that I have encountered, there are nothing but ignorant,
hate-filled, trollish comments that are not constructive in an honest debate but simply seek to provoke and bash with untruths and/or extremely
slanted and biased viewpoints, regardless if its CNN or FOX websites.
I've encountered a few good comments, but the majority are trash.
I can understand why the media are taking comment sections away.
edit on 29-9-2013 by Liquesence because: (no reason given)
I agree that some comments I've seen are trashy, or trollish, but why be afraid of such comments? People who speak in an overly trashy or trollish
manner only serve to discredit themselves
. What are we, a bunch of children? We need the naughty, naughty words sanitized for the protection
of our delicate sensibilities?
And I'm sure, to that, some might retort that actual children are online--lots of them. And I'd agree. In fact, I'd suggest to you that many of the
"trashy" "trollish" comments are, indeed, coming from teenagers, and those with the mentality of one (lol). And I would suggest that if a minor
is mature enough to be reading articles on news sites online, I'd say they're at least mature enough to deal with a few naughty words.
Of course, some people quite ridiculously try to shelter their children forever, and if even such an idea is too much for them, parents can always try
to better control what their kids do online. And if they're not, or can't? Well, let's face it-- there are infinitely more things online infinitely
worse than a few naughty words in a comment section.
So really, there are few valid reasons I can see for censoring the public in such a format. Don't want your company / publication / site to seem
trashy? Fair-- but I don't think anyone is under the illusion that the comments section are written by, or "sanctioned" by the site itself. Don't
want to give the impression of a trashy readership? That one's a bit more tricky. Maybe try making your publications a little more "high brow."
I really dislike censorship in almost any form. And I think it's often more telling about the one doing the censoring. But let's face it-- plenty of
sites do it. Even ATS censors quite a lot of stuff. Sadly, I don't think that's going to stop any time soon.